Category archives for: Politics

New domestic abuse offence to be introduced in Northern Ireland

A new domestic abuse offence for Northern Ireland is included in the Home Office Domestic Abuse Bill, which was introduced in the House of Commons this week. This will ensure that further protection is provided for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, reflecting the policy intent that was previously agreed by the Northern Ireland Executive […]

Northern Ireland population increases by just under 11,000 people

The Northern Ireland population at 30 June 2018 was estimated to be 1.882 million, an annual increase of 10,800 people (0.6%) on the 2017 estimate. This is one of the findings of the annual statistics published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).     The annual increase is driven by both natural […]

Brady welcomes additional breast services meeting in Newry

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has welcomed the move by the Department of Health to hold an additional public consultation meeting in Newry next month on the future of breast services. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MP said, “I welcome the decision from the Department of Health to add an extra date […]

Newry MP welcomes investigation into PIP welfare benefits

Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has welcomed the formal announcement that the Public Services Ombudsman is to begin an investigation into the administration of the welfare benefit PIP. “For too long there has been serious public concern expressed about many aspects of PIP but particular concern has been highlighted about the way in which […]

Brady challenges Irish government over ‘legacy failures’

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has challenged the Irish government over its failures to deal with the legacy of the conflict and lack of proper investigations into the killing of Seamus Ludlow and the attack on Kay’s Tavern in Dundalk. The Newry and Armagh MP said, “At a meeting of the Oireachtas committee on the […]

‘It’s clear that no-deal Brexit will be disastrous’ – Hazzard

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has said an expert panel is not needed to show how disastrous the impact of a no-deal Brexit will be on the north. The South Down MP said, “The British government has now convened a panel of experts to determine the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the north.   […]

Stroke and breast consultation extension welcomed by Newry MLA

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has welcomed moves by the Department of Health to extend the consultation on proposals to reshape stroke and breast assessment services to 2 August. The Newry and Armagh MLA said, “I welcome that the Department of Health has now extended the public consultation on proposals to reshape stroke and breast […]

Newry MLA raises concerns at briefing on breast and stroke services

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty has raised concerns about the impact on local patients and ambulance services if plans to centralise breast assessment and stroke services proceed. McNulty attended a briefing with Health officials on the plans and again raised his serious concerns about travel times and patient care.     He told […]

‘Action needed to address carers loneliness’ – Bradley

Local SDLP MLA Sinead Bradley has said the findings of new research which show that one in three unpaid carers in Northern Ireland experience constant loneliness demand a response from political leaders. The South Down MLA, who has undertaken significant work on loneliness with Voluntary and Community sector organisations, said,     “The findings of […]

Planning fee increase from 17 June 2019

The Department for Infrastructure will apply an inflationary increase in planning fees of approximately 1.99%, across all planning application fee categories, from 17 June 2019. The purpose of planning fees is to cover the cost of processing planning applications.     Planning fees have remained unchanged since 2014. The fee increase is essential to assist […]


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