Category archives for: Politics

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 […]

Call for traffic calming measures in Belleek

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has called on Transport NI to carry out an urgent review of traffic safety in Belleek. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “I have been approached by a number of residents in Belleek who are very concerned about the speed of traffic going through the village of […]

Councillor Charlie Casey laments Newry “administrative nightmare”

Newry City Councillor Charlie Casey has called for a “Local Area Agreement” which he says will encourage agencies such as the Housing Executive, Roads Service and Council Departments to work together. The Sinn Féin Councillor was speaking after getting what he described as “the runaround” when he tried to establish the ownership of an area […]

‘Clarity needed over pay rise for public sector workers’ – Newry MLA

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has said that the Head of the Civil Service and the Department of Finance must urgently clarify as to whether or not public sector workers will receive a pay rise in line with other devolved regions. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “Public sector workers are at […]

‘Unfair criteria disadvantaging South Armagh’ – Councillor Byrne

Slieve Gullion SDLP Councillor Pete Byrne has said that unfair criteria and policy is becoming a running theme in disadvantaging South Armagh from key strategies, funding and economic opportunities. Speaking to Newry Times, Byrne said, “Since my co-option to Newry Mourne and Down District Council in 2016, I have been struck by how criteria and […]

‘Economic stagnation is the legacy of DUP failures’ – Murphy

Economic stagnation is the legacy of DUP failures in government, Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said. The party’s economy spokesperson was responding to the latest Composite Economic Index statistics that show a 1 per cent fall in the North’s economic output in the last year.     “The DUP controlled the main economic department […]

‘Roads around South Armagh are crumbling’ – Local Councillor

SDLP Councillor Pete Byrne has expressed his anger at the poor state of roads around Newtownhamilton with parts of the Carrickacullion Rd being some of the worst he has seen. Speaking to Newry Times, Byrne said, “After we were contacted by a concerned resident about the state of some roads around Newtownhamilton, I visited the […]


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