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Ó Muilleoir hosts trilateral ministerial meeting in Newry


Finance Minister, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA recently hosted a trilateral ministerial meeting with his Scottish and Welsh counterparts in Newry. The Minister brought together Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution Derek Mackay MSP and Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Mark Drakeford AM to discuss key financial issues ahead of their meeting with the […]

Centenary Garden of Remembrance in Camlough opened


Junior Minister, Megan Fearon recently attended the opening of the Centenary Garden of Remembrance in Camlough, Co Armagh. Speaking at the event, Junior Minister, Megan Fearon said, “1916 is a particularly important year all across our community. “It is right we remember and do so in a way that allows people to mourn the loved […]

Farmers urged to get ready for Capital Scheme

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Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Michelle McIlveen has announced further details of the capital element of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme, which is expected to open later this month. Miss McIlveen said, “The Farm Business Improvement Scheme (FBIS) is the major recommendation addressed to my department in ‘Going for Growth’. It is a […]

‘Plans to vet mothers entering labour wards outrageous’ – Fearon


Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has spoken of her outrage at a proposal to ask mothers entering labour wards to produce photographic ID or proof of the right to remain within Britain or the north of Ireland. Following reports of the proposals in the media Fearon said, “The article details plans to ask expectant mothers […]

Ritchie questions Foreign Secretary on Single Market Membership

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SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has questioned the British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, on the UK’s membership of the Single Market following an exit from the European Union. Referring to his discussions with the Secretaries of State for Exiting the EU and International Trade, Ritchie emphasised the importance of continued Single Market membership for […]

‘Draft plan for school shake-up will worry rural schools’ – McGrath


SDLP Education Spokesperson and South Down MLA Colin McGrath has responded to the draft area plan for 2017 to 2020 announced by the Education Minister. The plan aims at changing the nature and number of schools across the North and are out for public consultation until December. Speaking to Newry Times, McGrath said, “I welcome […]

‘HMRC must take responsibility for Concentrix failure’ – Ritchie

Margaret Ritchie

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie, has criticised HMRC for the plight of many tax credit claimants following investigations by Concentrix. Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate, Ritchie highlighted the fact that responsibility for Concentrix’s failures ultimately lies with HMRC. Ritchie said, “My office has been inundated with calls from distressed constituents who have had […]

‘Northern Ireland agri-food competes with the world’s best’ – McIlveen


The Northern Ireland agri-food sector is competing with the world’s best, Food and Farming Minister Michelle McIlveen has said during a visit to the SIAL global food exhibition in Paris. The world’s largest food innovation exhibition, SIAL brings together food producers, processors, buyers and journalists from across the world and this year a number of […]

‘All-Ireland forum must hear from broad range of groups’ – Fearon


Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said it is important the all-Ireland forum to discuss the impact of the EU referendum hears from a broad range of groups from across the island. The Sinn Féin Junior Minister said, “This announcement from Taoiseach Enda Kenny that the first meeting of the all-Ireland Forum to discuss the […]

‘Europe will punish UK with hard Brexit’, Newry MLA warns


SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has warned that the European Union will punish the UK with a hard Brexit and that the border counties will feel the ramifications the most. McNulty was speaking following the protests held along the border corridor by Border Communities Against Brexit. McNulty said, “The UK […]

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