Category archives for: Politics

‘Planning decisions painfully slow’ – Bradley

SDLP Spokesperson for Infrastructure Sinead Bradley MLA has said that statistics published by the Department for Infrastructure, highlighting that only five out of eleven councils are meeting their fifteen week targets to process planning applications, is totally unacceptable. Speaking to Newry Times, Bradley commented, “Serious questions must be asked of the woeful delays by local […]

£3.6m housing budget goes unspent

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has said that almost half of the money allocated by the Treasury in London to help people here in Housing need goes unspent. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “The Housing Executive was allocated a Discretionary Housing Payments budget of £7.226m.      “This money is […]

‘BBC continuing to ignore Gaelic Games’ – Ennis

Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has said while investment in sports coverage is welcome, the BBC is continuing to ignore the GAA which is the largest spectator sport on the island of Ireland. The party’s Culture, Arts and Sport spokesperson said, “I welcome the BBC’s investment in coverage of local sporting fixtures through their partnership […]

Crossmaglen recycling centre ‘must become more accessible’

SDLP Councillor Pete Byrne has called for the rules surrounding access to the Crossmaglen Recycling Centre to be relaxed to address the growing issue of domestic dumping in the South Armagh area. Speaking to Newry Times, Byrne said, “With the rise of waste turning up on illegal dumps and on the side of roads in […]

‘British Government allowing process to drift’ – Murphy

The British Government are allowing the political process in the North to drift because of their reliance on the DUP, Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said. Speaking from a party planning event in County Cavan, the Sinn Féin negotiator urged both governments to honour their responsibilities to previous agreements and the rights of citizens. […]

‘Council contracts must be accessible to local businesses’ – Councillor Byrne

SDLP Councillor Pete Byrne has called for increased support for small local businesses after Councillors completed a Procurement training session.     This was following complaints from several small businesses about the lack of access to Council contracts at a local level.     Speaking to Newry Times, Byrne said, “I initially called for Procurement […]

O’Neill slams British Government over stop and search ‘duplicity’

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has accused the British Government of duplicity over controversial new legislation which she said is “clearly preparing for a hard border in Ireland”. According to O’Neill, the legislation currently going through Westminster would see the creation of a one-mile border zone where members of the public can be stopped, […]

‘More must be done to ensure the delivery of disability access services’ – Bradley

SDLP Infrastructure spokesperson Sinéad Bradley has welcomed the announcement made by the Irish Minister for Transport, Shane Ross TD to ensure that each public transport board should include at least one Director with direct personal experience of disability. The MLA for South Down commented, “Having listened to the disturbing reports of a man being turned […]

Local politicians condemn “anti-republican” Newry bonfires

Local politicians have condemned the erecting of sectarian signage on bonfires in Newry. Speaking to Newry Times, Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady said, “Such actions are hate crimes and have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with republicanism or the legacy of internment.     “It is anti-republican and does not celebrate any aspect of Irish […]

‘Education chief’s warnings are nothing new to school principals’ – Newry MLA

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has said the warnings from the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education, Derek Baker are nothing new to school principals, teachers and Boards of Governors. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “For a significant part of ten years now, school leaders have been crying out for […]

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