Category archives for: Politics

McNulty seeks clarity on broadcasting of GAA games

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has called on the GAA, RTÉ and BBC Northern Ireland to clarify what games, including where Ulster Clubs and Counties are competing, are to be broadcast during 2019. McNulty was speaking as RTÉ announced it would be expanding its coverage of games to include National League and […]

Fresh call for Curriculum Sports Programme to be restored

SDLP Councillor Kate Loughran has called on the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education Derek Baker to reinstate the Curriculum Sports Programme as six Councils across the North support motion calling for funding to be restored. Speaking to Newry Times, Loughran said, “In November 2018, the Department of Education pulled the plug on the […]

McNulty commends Newry Civil Rights March

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has praised the organisers of the commemorative Civil Rights March held in Newry on Sunday.  Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “Sunday’s commemorative march was hugely symbolic and deeply personal for many who took part both 50 years ago and again on Sunday. “50 years ago campaigners […]

‘Tuition fees support welcome but further certainty needed’ – Megan Fearon

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said that the announcement from the Irish government that it will continue support for Irish students to study in the north and Britain, and vice versa until 2019 is reassuring but added that further clarity is needed. She also stated that the issue had once again highlighted the ‘utter […]

Newry MLA meets Permanent Secretary on Bunscoil an Iúir

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has met with the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education on the need for new build facilities for Bunscoil an Iúir.  McNulty was joined at the meeting with the school Principal and members of the school’s Board of Governors.     Speaking to Newry Times, […]

Launch of consultation on measures to tackle stalking in Northern Ireland

The Department of Justice has launched a public consultation seeking views on measures to address stalking in Northern Ireland. The ‘Stalking – A Serious Concern’ consultation focuses on the impact of stalking on victims and the wider community and asks whether the introduction of a specific offence of stalking in Northern Ireland could offer victims […]

Home to School Transport Review launched

The Department of Education has announced a review of the current home to school transport policy. The aim of the review is to ensure that home to school transport is fit for purpose and is sustainable over the long term.     In the region of 84,000 pupils are currently eligible for transport assistance which […]

Local community asked to help boost broadband

The Department for the Economy is asking broadband suppliers and members of the public to help ensure they have correctly identified all those postcodes that contain premises currently unable to access 30 megabits per second (Mbps) broadband services. People are asked to check the lists published online at or visit their local council offices […]

New system for buyers to register cattle by phone

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced an enhancement to the cattle registration telephony system that will allow cattle purchased at a livestock market to be confirmed into the buyer’s herd by phone. Prior to this change, farmers confirmed these animals into their herds by a paper MC2B document or online […]

‘Abuse of Translink staff unacceptable’ – Newry MLA

SDLP Infrastructure Spokesperson Sinead Bradley has said that statistics showing high level of assaults on Translink workers this year alone is appalling. The MLA for South Down told Newry Times, “It is totally unacceptable that workers providing us a vital public service, that many of us couldn’t do without, are facing abuse by customers whilst […]


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