Category archives for: Politics

Newry Westminster candidate calls on parties to “refrain from personal attacks”

SDLP Westminster Candidate for South Down, Councillor Michael Savage, has issued written instructions to local SDLP representatives, activists, canvassers and party members today to refrain from any and all personal attacks on candidates in the Westminster election. The South Down candidate said that the deeply personal abuse received by candidates so far, predominantly women, is […]

Carlingford Lough Greenway Completion ‘will increase Cross Border Cohesion’ – Brady

Newry and Armagh Westminster Election candidate for Sinn Féin Mickey Brady has said that the completion of the Greenway would mean that people could walk, run or cycle the more than 30 miles from Portadown to Carlingford almost completely off-road. Brady was commenting after attending the recent Carlingford Lough Greenway Consultation Event. Article continues below […]

Newry man Michael Savage vows to fill Remain void in Westminster

Local SDLP Westminster Candidate Michael Savage has said the decision by Lady Sylvia Hermon not to contest the election means the need for South Down to return a Remain Candidate who will take their seat is more important than ever. Speaking to Newry Times, he said, “During the last Parliament, Lady Sylvia was a lone […]

Public Sector Pay Policy set for 2019/20

The Department of Finance (DoF) has determined public sector pay policy for 2019/20. In keeping with the overarching policy set by the UK Government, the Department has confirmed the policy continues with the same approach set in 2018/19 of moving away from a cross-public sector pay policy of limiting average awards to one per cent. […]

Newry MP’s anger after decision to pull Newry voter registration clinic

Sinn Féin’s Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has reprimanded the Electoral Office for cancelling a crucial voter registration clinic in the mouth of a general election. Speaking to Newry Times, Mickey Brady said, “The Electoral Office has cancelled a voter registration clinic for the people of Newry & Armagh, having publicised and advertised the […]

£650,000 committed for outdoor recreation projects

DAERA has announced the commitment of £650,000 for projects to make it easier for people to connect with the natural environment. The projects will be delivered by not-for-profit organisations and councils working in partnership with local communities and landowners. Article continues below Announcing the funding, DAERA Deputy Secretary for Environment, Marine and Fisheries Group, David […]

‘Gambling legislation needs fundamental reform’ – Newry MLA

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has called for the Department for Communities to make swift progress on the reform of betting and lotteries legislation. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “Betting, gaming and lotteries legislation in the North is outdated and in need of urgent reform. Article continues below “Our present legislation […]

DAERA confirms Direct Payments exchange rate and Young Farmers’ Payment rate

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced the exchange rate to be used to calculate 2019 Direct Payments and the Young Farmers’ Payment rate. Sterling payments for the Direct Payments (Basic Payment Scheme, Greening Payment and Young Farmers’ Payment) will be made using the exchange rate of €1 = £0.89092. Article […]

Action Plan published for child and adolescent mental health services

The Department of Health has published a draft Action Plan for mental health services and support for children and young people in Northern Ireland. The plan is in response to recommendations contained in a report by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY). Article continues below The ‘Still Waiting’ report on mental […]

‘Health and social care services moving into most challenging ever period’ – Permanent Secretary

Department of Health Permanent Secretary Richard Pengelly has highlighted that health and social care services are moving into their most challenging ever period. Mr Pengelly was speaking at a Healthcare Financial Management Association event at the Dunadry Hotel. Article continues below He said, “Yesterday, the organisation NHS Providers in England called for a full, frank […]


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