Category archives for: Politics

Stormont failure will have ‘real and immediate consequences’ – McNulty


SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has said the lack of an agreement at Stormont will have real and immediate consequences far beyond the corridors of power. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “The failure to get any sort of agreement will have very real and immediate consequences for public services […]

‘Newry and Mourne schools facing financial uncertainty’ – McNulty


SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has warned that local schools are being left in a very precarious financial situation because of the ongoing political failures at Stormont. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “I am deeply concerned about the grave financial circumstances many of our schools find themselves in.   “This […]

‘EU Repeal Bill is opportunity for better regulation for business’ – Retail NI

Retail NI

Retail NI has described this week’s publications of the EU Repeal Bill White Paper as an opportunity to remove and amend EU regulations and directives that restrict the business growth of independent retailers and small businesses owners.   Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said, “In a recent Retail NI survey a staggering 79% of […]

Emergency motion at Newry Council over Daisy Hill Hospital A&E

Daisy Hill

Newry, Mourne & Down Sinn Féin Councillor Micky Ruane has said that he and his colleagues intend to bring an emergency motion before Council this Monday night (3rd April). He said this is confirming opposition to the proposals from the Southern Health & Social Care Trust to suspend services at Daisy Hill hospital.   An […]

‘Case for reducing tourism VAT is overwhelming’ – Ritchie


SDLP South Down MP and chairperson of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy Margaret Ritchie has welcomed a call from the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee to reduce Tourism VAT to 9%. Ritchie has been campaigning for a reduction in VAT on tourism and hospitality products for a number of years as a […]

Warning over ‘temporary closure’ of Daisy Hill Hospital Emergency Department

Daisy Hill Hospital

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has issued a statement warning of ongoing staffing difficulties for the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill Hospital and have suggested that it could lead to its temporary closure. The Southern Health and Social Care Trust Board were updated on the staffing challenges facing the Emergency Department (ED) in […]

Brady ‘concerned’ ahead of major Newry band parade

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Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said that the major band parade being organised by the Loyal Sons of Benagh Flute Band, will cause major inconvenience to local residents, businesses and the entire city of Newry.   The parade, which traditionally passes off peacefully, will have 84 bands participating. Article continues below: […]

‘Northern Ireland cannot be ignored on Brexit’ – McGrath


SDLP South Down MLA Colin McGrath has described the triggering of Article 50 against the wishes of people in Northern Ireland and at a time when there is no power sharing Executive in the North as ‘an act of democratic savagery’. McGrath called on all parties in Northern Ireland to unite around a common position […]

Retail NI comment on triggering of Article 50

Retail NI

Retail NI has given its reaction to the triggering of Article 50 and called upon the on-going talks on restoring devolution, to include the establishment of an NI Assembly Brexit Committee to scrutinise the Brexit process and to take evidence from key sectors of civic society.   Speaking to Newry Times, Retail NI Chief Executive […]

Newry MLA calls for audit of unfinished housing developments in Newry


SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has called for an audit of unfinished housing developments across Newry and Armagh and has written to the Chief Executives of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to try and ascertain the scale of this issue locally. McNulty said, […]

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