Category archives for: Politics

‘Hazzard must clarify position on European Union’ – Bradley

South Down MLA Sinead Bradley has called on Chris Hazzard to state categorically what his position is on the Brexit referendum. “Chris Hazzard failed to vote in a debate in the NI Assembly to support Special Status and the motion was defeated by the DUP by a single vote,” the local MLA stated. “Chris’s failure […]

McNulty to meet Permanent Secretary over GAA jobs

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA is to meet with the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education over the threat to funding for GAA Coaches in local schools. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “Ulster GAA are funded to provide coaching skills in many Primary Schools locally and that funding […]

Ritchie lends support to WASPI campaigners

SDLP candidate for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has reiterated her support for the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign on the WASPI Day of Action. WASPI campaigns on behalf of women born in the 1950s who were not properly informed of the acceleration in the equalisation of the state pension age.     Speaking […]

Concerns raised over polling card confusion

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has said that people do not need a polling card to vote in the forthcoming Westminster Election which will take place on June 8th. His statement follows a number of concerns raised by constituents that some members of their families or neighbours had received polling cards whilst others had not. […]

‘Focus must remain on permanent solution for Daisy Hill Hospital’ – McNulty

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has reiterated his call for a permanent solution to the staffing issues in the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill Hospital. McNulty was speaking after the Southern Trust confirmed the future of the Emergency Department’s 24/7 service is secure for at least fifteen months.   McNulty and South […]

‘Chronic shortage of space at St Patrick’s needs resolved’ – Ennis

Local MLA Sinéad Ennis has urged the Department of Education and the Education Authority to provide much needed extra teaching space in St. Patrick’s Primary School, Hilltown. Speaking to Newry Times, Ennis said, “St. Patrick’s P.S. currently has an enrolment of 330 pupils and has been on a Department of Education waiting list for the […]

Experts warn Brexit could cost 1200 local jobs

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has warned of the serious consequences of Brexit on Newry and Armagh after he attended the Brexit and the Border Corridor Conference recently. Speaking after the conference, McNulty said, “The UK Government are playing Russian Roulette with our economy and there is a real danger that Theresa […]

Ritchie condemns Tory winter fuel plans

SDLP candidate for South Down Margaret Ritchie has railed against Tory plans to cut the Winter Fuel Payment for thousands of pensioners. She was responding to Conservative Party’s plans to introduce a means-test in Winter Fuel Payments.   Ritchie said, “Theresa May called this election to give herself a strong hand for Brexit and a […]

Ritchie calls for enhance consumer protection rules

SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has called for greater protections for consumers and greater adherence to consumer protection in a debate in Westminster on the fire risk of Whirlpool’s tumble dryers. Margaret Ritchie said, “Consumers should be able to have the confidence that faulty products that could cause a risk to life or […]

Reprieve for local Social Security Offices

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has confirmed that proposed closures of the Newcastle and Ballynahinch Social Security Offices have been put on hold until a new Communities Minister has the opportunity to review the proposals currently on the table. The South Down MLA said, “Following discussions with the Department for Communities I can confirm that […]


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