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SDLP launch plan in Newry for ‘EU Special Status’


SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has launched the SDLP’s policy document ‘Securing our Place in Europe’ in Newry. The document includes detailed proposals for attaining EU special status for Northern Ireland after Brexit. Eastwood said, “Brexit was a seismic event on the political Richter scale and its aftershocks will be shape the islands of Ireland and […]

‘Clear and growing demand for Irish language act’ – Fearon

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Sinn Féin’s Megan Fearon has said there is a clear and growing demand for an Irish language act. She was speaking after attending Saturday’s protest in Newry organised by Irish language group, An Dream Dearg.   The Newry and Armagh candidate said, “The large crowd at this demonstration in Newry and similar events in Derry […]

Ritchie calls for cap on overdraft charges

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SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called on the Government to introduce a cap on overdraft charges levied by banks on personal current accounts Speaking to Newry Times, she said, “Over-draft charges from banks can result in people going into damaging debt at high levels of interest, particularly when charges are accrued at a […]

‘Assembly election a watershed for the peace process’ – Sinéad Ennis


“The scandal of the Renewable Heat Initiative (RHI) might have provided the catalyst for the inevitable collapse of the political institutions, but the value and viability of power sharing has been under sustained pressure for a long period of time.” That is the view of Sinn Féin’s south Down Assembly candidate Sinéad Ennis who believes […]

‘Greater focus on mental health issues needed’ – McNulty


SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty, who sits on the All Party Group for Suicide Prevention, has said Michelle O’Neill needs to direct real and meaningful resources into mental health services, especially for young people. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “In recent weeks I have been contacted by a number of […]

‘Civil Service Exit Scheme leaves services void of experience’ – McNulty


SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has claimed the Executive’s Voluntary Exit Scheme has left many public services void of experience and resources to run essential public services. McNulty was speaking as it was revealed Stormont has hired almost 1,000 agency staff to cover gaps in staffing structures with Government departments locally. […]

‘UUP need to set out position on marriage equality’ – Fearon


Sinn Féin’s Megan Fearon has called on UUP leader Mike Nesbitt to set out his party’s position on marriage equality. The Sinn Féin equality spokesperson said, “There is a growing demand across society in the North to see marriage equality extended across the island. Article continues below: “Mike Nesbitt told his party conference that he […]

Murphy challenges Hamilton to release RHI names


Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy has challenged DUP Economy Minister Simon Hamilton to release the names of those involved in the RHI scheme. Speaking to Newry Times, Murphy said, “Not only is there huge public anger about the DUP’s handling of the RHI scheme, there is also anger at the DUP’s drip feeding of information. Article […]

‘Foster’s Irish language comments odious’ – McNulty


SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has described former First Minister Arlene Foster’s comments on the prospects of an Irish Language Act as ‘odious’. McNulty has said the SDLP will not allow Arlene Foster to continue to treat all things Irish with such disdain and disrespect. McNulty said, “Arlene Foster’s arrogance and […]

Opening of scheme targeting the removal of BVD infected animals announced


DAERA have announced that a scheme to remove BVD infected animals is now open for claims. The scheme, which will be delivered in partnership between AHWNI and the LMC, opened on Wednesday 8th February. Farmers who may have an eligible animal will receive a claim form by AHWNI which must be completed and sent back […]

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