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Presidential voting rights referendum welcomed by Newry MLA

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SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has welcomed An Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s announcement that a referendum on Presidential voting rights for Irish citizens in the North and across the world will take place. Hesaid that the role of President of Ireland is about representing not just the South, but all Irish people, and […]

Young people from Newry meet to have a say in their future

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With talks taking place about the future of the power-sharing Executive at Stormont, Northern Ireland’s leading youth organisations have formed a united voice to influence decision makers on the key issues facing young people. Network for Youth, which aims to give all young people a greater say on the issues that affect them, is led […]

SDLP MPs respond to Spring Budget


SDLP MPs, Mark Durkan, Alasdair McDonnell and Margaret Ritchie have responded to the Spring Budget 2017, expressing disappointed at what they described as ‘the Chancellor’s failure to take full account of Northern Ireland’s requirements and the serious challenges Brexit creates for us’. Alasdair McDonnell said, “The Chancellor’s Budget will give little comfort to those in […]

‘Opportunity for gender equality never greater’ – Bradley

SDLP MLA for South Down Sinead Bradley

SDLP South Down MLA Sinead Bradley has said that the increased number of women in the Assembly demands an increase in action against gender inequality. Bradley made her statement as the world marked International Women’s Day. She said, “After last week’s election, women now form almost a third of representatives in the Assembly. There is […]

Environmental Farming Scheme now open


The Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) is now open for applications, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced. Applications to Tranche One of the Scheme should be submitted online before the closing date of 31 March 2017.   The EFS is DAERA’s new agri-environment scheme under the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme […]

‘We will use increased mandate to deliver for all’ – Sinn Féin

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Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said that there now was a job of work to do. He was commenting after he and his colleagues Megan Fearon and Cathal Boylan created history by not only being re-elected, but by securing Sinn Féin’s highest poll ever in the constituency, 26,207 first preference votes, […]

McNulty calls for Interconnector enquiry to be halted


SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh has called on the Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to halt the Public Enquiry into the North South Interconnector which recommenced in Armagh this week. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “The Public Enquiry into the North South Interconnector must be halted immediately.   “In these early days, it’s credibility […]

£750,000 investment for suicide prevention and mental health

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Sinn Féin’s Megan Fearon has welcomed the investment of £750,000 by Health Minister Michelle O’Neill into suicide prevention and mental health programmes. The Newry & Armagh Assembly candidate said, “I welcome this announcement from my party colleague and Health Minister of an additional £750,000 investment in suicide prevention and mental health programmes.   “More than […]

£900,000 DAERA Research Challenge Fund reopens


A grant scheme worth almost £900,000 to help stimulate innovation in Northern Ireland’s agri-food industry has reopened, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development has announced. The Research Challenge Fund (RCF) provides funding for Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) to get involved in industry-led collaborative research projects that have potential to further the […]

‘Brexit the greatest threat since partition’ – McNulty


SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has claimed that the impact of Brexit is the greatest economic, social and cultural threat this island has faced since the partition of Ireland. McNulty was speaking as the SDLP launched its policy paper on Brexit in Newry this week. He was joined by senior party colleagues, […]

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