Category archives for: Politics

‘It’s clear that no-deal Brexit will be disastrous’ – Hazzard

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has said an expert panel is not needed to show how disastrous the impact of a no-deal Brexit will be on the north. The South Down MP said, “The British government has now convened a panel of experts to determine the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the north.   […]

Stroke and breast consultation extension welcomed by Newry MLA

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has welcomed moves by the Department of Health to extend the consultation on proposals to reshape stroke and breast assessment services to 2 August. The Newry and Armagh MLA said, “I welcome that the Department of Health has now extended the public consultation on proposals to reshape stroke and breast […]

Newry MLA raises concerns at briefing on breast and stroke services

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty has raised concerns about the impact on local patients and ambulance services if plans to centralise breast assessment and stroke services proceed. McNulty attended a briefing with Health officials on the plans and again raised his serious concerns about travel times and patient care.     He told […]

‘Action needed to address carers loneliness’ – Bradley

Local SDLP MLA Sinead Bradley has said the findings of new research which show that one in three unpaid carers in Northern Ireland experience constant loneliness demand a response from political leaders. The South Down MLA, who has undertaken significant work on loneliness with Voluntary and Community sector organisations, said,     “The findings of […]

Planning fee increase from 17 June 2019

The Department for Infrastructure will apply an inflationary increase in planning fees of approximately 1.99%, across all planning application fee categories, from 17 June 2019. The purpose of planning fees is to cover the cost of processing planning applications.     Planning fees have remained unchanged since 2014. The fee increase is essential to assist […]

Calls for Newry public consultation meeting on future of breast services

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has called on the Department of Health to hold an additional public consultation meeting in Newry on the future of breast services. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MP said, “I welcome the fact that public consultation meetings are being held about the future of breast services and […]

‘5G celebrations an insult to those with no basic broadband’ – Councillor Byrne

Local SDLP Councillor Pete Byrne has said that the fanfare that greeted the initial rollout of a 5G network is a gross insult to rural businesses and communities that struggle to access basic broadband speeds. Speaking to Newry Times, he said, “The initial rollout of a 5G network is great if you’re based in Belfast, […]

Government launches ‘One Health’ approach to tackle antimicrobial resistance

The Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Food Standards Agency have launched a five-year action plan to fight antimicrobial resistance. The Chief Medical Officer, the Chief Veterinary Officer and the Director of the FSA in Northern Ireland were all present at the launch.     Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) […]

“We need to retain Daisy Hill Stroke Unit” – Malone

Independent Newry City Councillor Gavin Malone has called for the retention of the stroke unit at Daisy Hill.  The Support Our Stroke Services committee said that the Department of Health have failed to consider all options available.     Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Malone stated, “It is absolutely imperative that we retain the vital […]

‘Proposal to locate Hyper-Acute Unit in Craigavon doesn’t make sense’ – Newry MP

Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said that the proposal to locate the Hyper-Acute Unit in Craigavon doesn’t make senses and that any plans to reshape Stroke Services must be carried out in a regionally balanced way, in partnership with those who use and deliver services and with the objective of improved health outcomes […]


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