Category archives for: Politics

Public urged to respond to witness appeal on killing of Newry IRA man

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has encouraged the public to engage with the Ombudsman’s witness appeal into the RUC killing of Colum Marks in Downpatrick in 1991. Speaking to Newry Times, the South Down MP said, “This is welcome news for Colum’s family, friends and the wider community here in Downpatrick. “IRA Volunteer Colum Marks […]

Newry MLA meets Trust about Carrickore and Oaklands Short Break services

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has met with representatives of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to discuss Short Break services at Carrickore in Newry and Oaklands in Armagh. Speaking after the meeting to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “Over the last number of years I have been working closely with families […]

Anger over ‘poor response’ to state of Warrenpoint roads

Newry, Mourne and Down Councillor Michael Ruane has spoken of what he described as “the deep frustration of many” due to “the poor response” by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) Roads Service to concerns raised about the road infrastructure throughout the Warrenpoint area. The local Councillor challenged DfI Officials present at a recent Council meeting […]

‘City deal could make significant difference for Newry’ – Local MLA

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has given a cautious welcome to the announcement by the Chancellor Philip Hammond of a City Deal for the Belfast Region which includes Newry, Mourne and Down. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “The news of a City Deal for Belfast and this region is a good […]

‘BBC must end historic neglect of Gaelic games’ – Ennis

Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has called on the BBC to end what she described as their ‘historic neglect of Gaelic games’ by extending their televised coverage of the GAA, including Club Championship games. The party’s Culture, Arts and Sport spokesperson was commenting after launching her online petition ‘BBC, end the historic neglect of GAA […]

Cannabis-based medicinal products to be made available in Northern Ireland

The Department of Health has announced it will be taking measures to enable patients for the first time in Northern Ireland to be prescribed cannabis-based medicinal products without a licence. This mirrors similar changes which will occur in England, Wales and Scotland and will come into force on 1 November 2018.     The amendments […]

SDLP Councillor accuses Sinn Fein of dishonesty over Newry play park

Newry SDLP Councillor Michael Savage has accused Sinn Fein of not being honest with the people of Ballybot and Barcroft over the future of McCreesh Park. And he insisted that the local community will be fully consulted on the future of the park when viable options that can be funded and benefit the people of […]

SDLP ‘misleading people’ over future of Raymond McCreesh Park

Newry Mourne and Down Councillor Liz Kimmins has said that recent developments reinforced the belief that the SDLP have a stated objective of rejecting the democratic decision of the people of the area to name the area after Raymond McCreesh. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Kimmins stated, “McCreesh Park was one of a number of […]

‘Planning decisions painfully slow’ – Bradley

SDLP Spokesperson for Infrastructure Sinead Bradley MLA has said that statistics published by the Department for Infrastructure, highlighting that only five out of eleven councils are meeting their fifteen week targets to process planning applications, is totally unacceptable. Speaking to Newry Times, Bradley commented, “Serious questions must be asked of the woeful delays by local […]

£3.6m housing budget goes unspent

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has said that almost half of the money allocated by the Treasury in London to help people here in Housing need goes unspent. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “The Housing Executive was allocated a Discretionary Housing Payments budget of £7.226m.      “This money is […]

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