Category archives for: Politics

Experts warn Brexit could cost 1200 local jobs

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SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has warned of the serious consequences of Brexit on Newry and Armagh after he attended the Brexit and the Border Corridor Conference recently. Speaking after the conference, McNulty said, “The UK Government are playing Russian Roulette with our economy and there is a real danger that Theresa […]

Ritchie condemns Tory winter fuel plans


SDLP candidate for South Down Margaret Ritchie has railed against Tory plans to cut the Winter Fuel Payment for thousands of pensioners. She was responding to Conservative Party’s plans to introduce a means-test in Winter Fuel Payments.   Ritchie said, “Theresa May called this election to give herself a strong hand for Brexit and a […]

Ritchie calls for enhance consumer protection rules


SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has called for greater protections for consumers and greater adherence to consumer protection in a debate in Westminster on the fire risk of Whirlpool’s tumble dryers. Margaret Ritchie said, “Consumers should be able to have the confidence that faulty products that could cause a risk to life or […]

Reprieve for local Social Security Offices


Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has confirmed that proposed closures of the Newcastle and Ballynahinch Social Security Offices have been put on hold until a new Communities Minister has the opportunity to review the proposals currently on the table. The South Down MLA said, “Following discussions with the Department for Communities I can confirm that […]

Ritchie seeks protection for tourism trade against Brexit

Margaret Ritchie

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has questioned the British Brexit Minister in the House of Commons on protections for the North’s tourism industry. She said, “Throughout recession and economic downturn, the tourism industry in south Down and across Northern Ireland has found innovative ways of surviving and thriving.   “The threat posed by Brexit, […]

‘DUP out of touch on marriage equality’ – Fearon

Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon

Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon has said the DUP are out of touch with the people on marriage equality. Speaking to Newry Times, Fearon said, “Comments from Jim Wells that the DUP could split if there is equal marriage in the north highlights the attitude of that party to equality.   “His remarks show just […]

‘The vote of the people can make a difference once again’ – Mickey Brady


Sinn Féin’s Mickey Brady has said the upcoming Westminster election is an opportunity to vote against the Tory Brexit agenda and austerity. He made his comments after being reselected by his Party to fight to retain is seat in the Newry & Armagh constituency. Speaking at a Constituency Selection Meeting, the Sinn Féin candidate told […]

‘Southern Trust Fracture Clinic claims wholly misleading’ – Fearon

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Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said that claims by the Southern Trust that the Fracture Clinic in Daisy Hill is not being targeted are ‘wholly misleading’. The MLA raised the issue at the recent Board Meeting in Craigavon but the members and Trust Officers present refused to discuss it, Fearon said. […]

‘Savage education cuts a taste of Tory austerity to come’ – McGrath


SDLP Education Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said that savage cuts to schools as a result of James Brokenshire’s ‘indicative’ Tory budget are a taste of the austerity to come if power sharing fails. South Down MLA McGrath said that school budgets are already under enormous pressure – resulting in curriculum cuts and extra curricular restrictions. […]

‘Reduction in Daisy Hill Hospital services jeopardises Cross Border Healthcare’ – Adams


Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has said that any reduction in services at Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital will have a detrimental impact on his constituents and on healthcare provision in Louth. Gerry Adams said, “The Southern Health and Social Care Trust have stated that the temporary overnight closure of the Emergency Department at Daisy […]

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