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Ó Muilleoir signals intention to challenge penal provision in 1737 Act


Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has confirmed that he has instructed Counsel on his intention to challenge the penal provision in the 1737 Act. The Act, which has now been in force for almost three centuries, requires all court proceedings to be in English and makes it a criminal offence to use any language other […]

Call for bilingual signage for bus services in Newry and South Armagh

Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon

Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon, welcoming the recent announcement by Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to consult on the introduction of bilingual signage for destination screens on Bus services in Derry City, has written to him asking to consider including the Newry, Mourne and south Armagh Area for such an initiative. The Junior […]

£160,000 investment announced for Civil Service Art Collection

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has announced his plans to purchase new art for the Civil Service Art Collection. The Minister said, “I am a firm advocate of supporting the arts and since becoming Finance Minister I have actively moved to open up the Civil Service Art Collection. “Last month I was proud to publish […]

Proposals to ban smoking in cars carrying children


Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced an eight-week consultation on regulations to restrict smoking in private vehicles when children are present. The draft regulations propose that the existing legislation, as set out in the Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, will be extended so that it will be an offence to: smoke in a private vehicle […]

Core Grant Funding for voluntary and community sector to continue


Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced that she does not intend to further reduce the level of core grant funding provided under the existing scheme to the voluntary and community sector. A new Innovation Scheme had been anticipated which would have been open for applications in 2016/17 and that the existing core grant would be […]

Law to protect breastfeeding mothers to be introduced


Health Minister Michelle O’Neill will bring forward legislation to protect mothers who breastfeed their children in a public place. Announcing her intention, Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill, said, “I have listened to mothers and am convinced that specific legislation is a pro-active and necessary approach to ensure that the rights of mothers and their children are […]

‘No detail on Newry rail proposals deeply concerning’ – McNulty


SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has claimed that Chis Hazzard’s announcement that he has ordered Translink to improve rail services between Newry and Belfast is a ‘vague pre-election stunt’ and that the Ministers statement lacks real detail. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “Friday’s move by the Minister is a welcome first […]

Adams meets ‘Border Communities Against Brexit’ group in Dáil


Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams met representatives of the Border Communities Against Brexit group in the Dáil where they were making a submission to the Oireachtas Good Friday Agreement committee on the issue of Brexit. Speaking to Newry Times, Gerry Adams said, “I want to commend the work of the Border Communities group. The […]

‘Community hall grants scheme highlights DUP arrogance’ – Murphy


Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said concerns about DUP Minister Paul Givan’s community hall grants scheme highlight the need to address DUP arrogance. Speaking to Newry Times, Murphy said, “I have been contacted by applicants to the Community Hall Grants Scheme whose applications were refused and they are now concerned about the process. “One […]

Business plan training for Farm Business Improvement Scheme


Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced a new training programme for farmers and growers applying for Tier 2 of the new Farm Business Improvement Scheme – Capital in Tranche 1. Tier 2 is primarily for construction projects and the purchase of higher value equipment to support sustainable growth in the agriculture and horticulture sectors. The […]

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