Category archives for: Politics

‘Time is running out to protect our endangered environment’, warns chief

If we don’t take radical action now to protect our environment then every aspect of it is threatened, the head of Northern Ireland’s Environment Agency (NIEA) has warned. David Small has ignited a public debate on how we can enhance and protect our environment by launching a discussion document asking the public to help us […]

Newry MLA meets fire chiefs

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has met with the Senior Management within the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service to discuss proposed cuts to services in Armagh City. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “The Fire and Rescue Service recently announced plans to reduce cover from full-time to part-time in a number […]

‘Public’s view on future of breast assessments must be taken into account’ – Brady

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said thousands of people have responded to a consultation on the future of breast assessment services and their views should be taken into account by the Department of Health. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MP said, “Today my party colleagues and I handed in thousands of […]

Overzealous parking enforcement “could drive business out of Newry”

Newry Sinn Fein representatives Mickey Brady MP and Conor Murphy MLA recently met with senior officials in Department of Infrastructure headquarters in Belfast to raise the concerns of businesses and shoppers in Newry. The meeting, according to the duo, was in relation to what many see as “overzealous and inflexible enforcement” of parking regulations in […]

Newry MLA welcomes support from US political figures for Good Friday Agreement

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has welcomed the ongoing support of senior US political figures who have expressed concern over the impact of Brexit on the Good Friday Agreement. Speaking to Newry Times, the Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator said, “An influential group of US members of Congress from the bipartisan Friends of Ireland Congress have […]

‘Tories need to abandon delusion that backstop can be changed’ – Hazzard

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has said it’s time Boris Johnson and the Tories abandoned their “delusional approach to Brexit” and realised the backstop is not open to renegotiation. Speaking to Newry Times, the South Down MP said, “The EU have been clear and consistent that there will be no renegotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement […]

Johnson displaying ‘rank hypocrisy’ on peace process – O’Neill

Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill has said it is “rank hypocrisy” for Boris Johnson to claim to be acting in the interest of the peace process while he is pursuing a no-deal Brexit. The Mid Ulster MLA said, “It is rank hypocrisy for Boris Johnson to claim to be acting in the interests of […]

‘British Minister insulting victims with inquest claim’ – Mickey Brady 

The British Defence Secretary is insulting grieving victims by describing their search for justice as an ‘endless fishing inquest circle’, Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said. The Sinn Féin representative was responding to comments made by Ben Wallace in a media interview. Article continues below He said, “As an ex-British Army […]

Terrorist and paramilitary-related offences added to the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme

People found guilty of crimes linked to terrorism, paramilitarism and organised crime groups could see their sentences reconsidered under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.  From 1 August, almost 100 additional offences linked to terrorism, organised crime and paramilitarism will be included in the scheme. Article continues below The changes follow a review and public consultation […]

Newry MLA raises concerns over benefit processing times

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has raised concerns about the length of time it is taking to process the Maternity Allowance Benefit by the Department of Communities. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “Whilst assisting some constituents recently I became aware of the current backlog in processing the Maternity Allowance […]

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