Category archives for: Politics

Newry MLA meets health chiefs on local services

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has met with the Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and has raised a number of issues with him. McNulty was joined in the meeting with Francis Rice by South Down MLA Sinead Bradley.     Speaking after the meeting Mr McNulty explained, […]

Broadband Services in Newry and Armagh discussed at meeting

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has met with BT to discuss Broadband Services in Newry and Armagh. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “Broadband services, or the lack of them, are a major issue for many people across Newry and Armagh.      “Every day I am passing individual cases through to […]

‘Elderly last week, children this week, who’s next?’ – Newry MLA

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has reacted strongly to the news that school budgets are to be the target of further cuts from the Department of Education, with the common funding formula being reduced by £56 per pupil. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “This is wrong! Last week the Southern Trust announced it was cutting […]

Concerns raised over emergency health care needs in Newry

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has expressed concerns regarding the lack of accessible facilities for urgent and emergency health care needs in Newry and Armagh, particularly in rural communities. Speaking following contact with the Southern Health & Social Care Trust, Fearon stressed that inadequate ambulance cover, and major concerns with the unavailability of breast cancer […]

‘What cuts are we not being told about?’ – McNulty asks

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty has expressed concerns that government departments will push through a range of cuts to front line services in the coming weeks and that the emergency meetings called by the Health Trusts this week does not bode well.   Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “This week the Southern […]

‘Rail concern’ for Newry MLA after Translink losses revealed

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has said that the reported black hole in Translink finances cannot hit local and cross border rail services.  McNulty was speaking as Translink Chief Executive Chris Conway warned that the transport company would need an additional £12million from the public purse just to retain services at their […]

Southern Trust agrees savings plans for 2017/2018

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust Board has published its draft Savings Plan for 2017/2018. Speaking to Newry Times, a Department of Health spokesperson said, “The indicative resource allocation for the Department of Health is £5,095.4m, which provides an additional £224.8m for Health, when compared against the allocated budget at the start of the […]

Savage selected as Newry Councillor

Michael Savage has been selected to fill a vacancy on Newry, Mourne and Down Council. Mr Savage said he is delighted to have the opportunity to represent local people and will be a fierce advocate for their rights. Speaking after his selection, he said, “It’s an honour to be selected to represent the people of […]

McNulty disappointed at Interconnector ruling

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has expressed his disappointment at the ruling by the High Court in Dublin rejecting a challenge taken against An Bord Pleanála’s approval for the North South Interconnector. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “The proposal for the North South Interconnector through some of the most beautiful […]

Calls for introduction of Universal Credit to be postponed

Sinn Féin MP Micky Brady has called for the planned introduction of the Universal Credit system to be postponed. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MP said, “Tory plans to introduce the Universal Credit system in September have created considerable concern, particularly around the processing of payments. “The unacceptable delay of, on average, […]


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