Category archives for: Politics

Government “must engage with devolved administrations” on EU negotiations

The Devolved Governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have issued a joint call for the UK Government to engage with them on negotiations with the EU. Following a recent meeting in London earlier, they called for UK Ministers to change their approach to the talks. Article continues below The Welsh Government’s Minister for European […]

Minister outlines commitment to supporting homeless young people

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has seen first-hand how her Department is supporting those experiencing homelessness. The Minister visited Belfast Foyer, a hostel for young people which is managed by the Simon Community.  Article continues below At the hostel residents are provided with emergency accommodation while also receiving advice and support. The Simon Community receives […]

Kearney highlights key Brexit challenges at Newry Chamber event

Junior Minister Declan Kearney has stressed there must be no barriers to trade and highlighted challenges facing businesses after Brexit. He was speaking at the ‘Building the Cross-Border Economy Post-Brexit’ conference organised by Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade and the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce. Article continues below Junior Minister Kearney said, “Within the Brexit […]

Newry Councillors appointed to Warrenpoint Harbour Authority Board

Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon has announced the appointment of three Newry, Mourne and Down District Councillors to the Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (WHA). The Board is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving Warrenpoint Port. Article continues below The Minister has appointed Councillor Karen McKevitt, Councillor Cathy Mason and Councillor Glyn Hanna.     Councillors […]

Byrne welcomes increase in renewable energy generation

SDLP Spokesperson on the Climate Crisis Councillor Pete Byrne has welcomed the publication of new figures that reveal an increase in renewable energy generation over the last 12 months. 43.7% of total energy consumption was generated from renewable sources. Article continues below Councillor Byrne said that the North should seek to become a world leader […]

Newry MP speaks at A1 public inquiry

Newry and Armagh MP Micky Brady attended the recent public inquiry into the upgrading of the A1. He voiced his “categorical support for delivering essential safety improvements to the dual carriageway”. Article continues below The Newry and Armagh MP said, “The tragic loss of life that has occurred every year on this road expose the […]

We must turn RHI recommendations into real action and reform – Murphy

Finance Minister Conor Murphy has today commented on the RHI Inquiry report which was commissioned by his predecessor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. Conor Murphy said, “I thank Sir Patrick Coghlin, Chair of the Inquiry, Dame Una O’Brien, Dr Keith MacLean and the wider Inquiry team for their dedication and professionalism. Article continues below “This report is […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: ‘Line on a map means nothing to Coronavirus’ – Newry MLA

SDLP Public Health Spokesperson Justin McNulty MLA has welcomed what he described as the “proactive, measured and timely approach” taken by the Irish Government as it seeks to control the spread of the coronavirus and has called for the exact same measures to be implemented by the Northern Ireland Executive now. Speaking to Newry Times, […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Swann meets with UK Secretary of State for Health

Health Minister Robin Swann and Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock met at Stormont today for discussions on the Coronavirus threat. The meeting at Castle Buildings was also attended by Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride. Article continues below Speaking to Newry Times, Mr Swann stated, “I very much welcome the Secretary […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Michelle O’Neill calls for immediate closure of schools and colleges

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has called for the immediate closure of Northern Ireland and UK schools and colleges. Former Health Minister O’Neill made the call a day after Irish Taoseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of all schools and colleges until 29 March 2020. I believe now is the time to take action and […]


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