Category archives for: Politics

‘Arts groups facing collapse if cuts continue’ – McNulty

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has said that further Arts cuts of up to 8% will force a severe, and for many, unrecoverable crisis in the sector. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “After years of significant cuts to Arts Council budgets and top slicing from the pool of resources available to […]

Universal Credit to commence in Newry in May 2018

The Department for Communities has reviewed and updated the rollout schedule for Universal Credit in Northern Ireland.   As a result, the rollout phase which was due to complete in September 2018 will now be extended to December 2018.     These changes have been made following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement in the […]

‘Curriculum Sports Programme must be retained’ – Local MLA

Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis said that work must be done to retain the Curriculum Sports Programme post March 2018. The party’s Culture, Arts and Sports spokesperson said, “On Monday, I alongside my party colleague Conor Murphy MLA met with senior officials from Ulster GAA and they raised the need to retain the Curriculum Sports […]

Newry Councillor highlights safety concerns for residents of Barcroft

Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has urged for the safety of residents of Fifth Street in Barcroft Park, Newry, and says she continues to lobby the Department for Infrastructure on the need for steps to be installed on the street to allow those living there to safely access their vehicles. Speaking to Newry Times, Cllr. […]

Major boost for agri-food industry as pork exports to Australia set to commence

Northern Ireland’s agri-food industry has received a major boost as Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Perpetua McNamee, announced that pork exports to Australia could now commence. The announcement came after DAERA and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) agreed a new veterinary health certificate for the export of pork from Northern […]

‘Budgetary outlook spells disaster for South Armagh roads’ – Byrne

SDLP Slieve Gullion Councillor Pete Byrne has said the scenarios presented in the Budgetary Outlook for 2018-2020 spells disaster for South Armagh roads. Speaking to Newry Times, Byrne said, “The purpose of the Budgetary Outlook is to set out broad strategic issues that will inform an incoming Executive’s decisions on Budget from now until 2020 […]

‘Ireland won’t be Britian’s nuclear dumping ground’ – Newry and Armagh MLA

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Energy, Environment and Climate Change Cathal Boylan has slammed British Government plans that would potentially see a nuclear waste disposal facility sited in Northern Ireland. The Newry and Armagh MLA was speaking after the British Government announced a consultation to find a site to develop a geological disposal facility (GDF) to […]

Delight after Mayobridge Play Park announcement

SDLP Crotlieve Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick has welcomed the news that the Mayobridge youth and wider community are finally to get the play park they have long campaigned for.  Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Fitzpatrick stated, “The provision of proper play facilities for children is an essential need in our community.     “I have campaigned […]

Sinn Féin MPs meet with new Northern Ireland Under-Secretary

Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady and his Sinn Féin MP colleagues Chris Hazzard MP and Francie Molloy MP this week met with the new Northern Ireland Under-Secretary Shailesh Vara in London. Brady said the meeting was to outline the British government’s responsibility to respect and implement outstanding agreements     Speaking to Newry Times, […]

Protest announced against road dangers in Newry

“Kill Your Speed – Not A Child” – That’s the message from local Republican party Saoradh after they announced that they will be taking to the streets to protest at a notoriously dangerous stretch of road in Newry. Speaking ahead of the protest Saoradh An Iúir activist, and local Derrybeg community leader, Anthony Coyle explained, […]


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