Category archives for: Politics

‘District’s potential being realised under Council tourism strategy’ – Councillor Byrne

SDLP Slieve Gullion Councillor Pete Byrne has said that Newry Mourne and Down District Council’s plans to develop the region into a premier tourism destination are finally being realised after the Enterprise, Regeneration and Tourism (ERT) Committee agreed its Tourism Marketing Plan at this month’s meeting. Speaking to Newry Times, Byrne said, “At this month’s […]

‘Onus on British government to bring forward credible proposals’ – Hazzard

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has said the onus is on the British government to bring forward credible proposals on Brexit in order to safeguard trade and rights in the north. Speaking after the publication of a Westminster Select Committee report on the impact of Brexit, the South Down MP said, “This Westminster select committee […]

Consultation opens on stricter penalties for using a mobile phone while driving

A public consultation has opened on proposals aimed at deterring the illegal use of a mobile phone while driving. It is already an offence to drive a vehicle while ‘using’ a hand-held mobile phone or similar device and is currently punishable by a fixed penalty of £60 and three penalty points.     Despite this, […]

‘Prospect of drivers’ permit lunacy’ – McNulty

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has expressed his astonishment at revelations that Northern Ireland and UK Driving Licences may not be automatically valid in the Republic of Ireland after the UK leave the European Union. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “It’s almost two years after the UK vote to leave the […]

‘British government has no plan on equality’ – Murphy

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has accused the British government of having no plan to restore the political institutions on the basis of equality and called for an end to the Tories’ support for the “DUP’s blockade on rights”.  Speaking after British Secretary of State Karen Bradley addressed the British House of Commons Murphy said, […]

Byrne welcomes Council support for suicide prevention charities

SDLP Councillor Pete Byrne has welcomed Council support for suicide prevention charities. Speaking to Newry Times, Byrne said, “Statistics can be thrown around in politics but it’s important to put them out there when discussing mental health as it presents the reality of what communities are actually going through.     “232 people have died […]

Local MLA laments ‘disappointing’ budget

Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has said the budget announced by British secretary of State Karen Bradley is disappointing for public services and those in need. Speaking to Newry Times, the South Down MLA said, “This is a disappointing budget which doesn’t provide the resources needed to provide the public services our people need and […]

‘Withdrawal from digital single market a bad signal’ – McNulty

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has said that Theresa May’s plan to withdraw from the EU digital single market will see the return of roaming charges and signal dropout along the Irish border. McNulty said that it’s clear that the British Government ‘has no clue’ about the issue of the border challenge […]

‘DUP have checked out of power-sharing’ – Murphy

Comments from the DUP’s Simon Hamilton show they have ‘checked out’ of the power-sharing institutions and the two governments now need to convene the British Irish intergovernmental conference, Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said. The Newry-Armagh MLA was speaking after Simon Hamilton told a Westminster committee that he doesn’t believe power-sharing will be restored […]

Local MLA presses for regional solution on care needs

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has met with representatives of the Health and Social Care Board in Armagh to discuss ongoing pressures for Short Break Services for families who have children with complex needs.  Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “This meeting is part of our ongoing efforts to secure a regional […]


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