Category archives for: Politics

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: ‘Line on a map means nothing to Coronavirus’ – Newry MLA

SDLP Public Health Spokesperson Justin McNulty MLA has welcomed what he described as the “proactive, measured and timely approach” taken by the Irish Government as it seeks to control the spread of the coronavirus and has called for the exact same measures to be implemented by the Northern Ireland Executive now. Speaking to Newry Times, […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Swann meets with UK Secretary of State for Health

Health Minister Robin Swann and Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock met at Stormont today for discussions on the Coronavirus threat. The meeting at Castle Buildings was also attended by Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride. Article continues below Speaking to Newry Times, Mr Swann stated, “I very much welcome the Secretary […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Michelle O’Neill calls for immediate closure of schools and colleges

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has called for the immediate closure of Northern Ireland and UK schools and colleges. Former Health Minister O’Neill made the call a day after Irish Taoseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of all schools and colleges until 29 March 2020. I believe now is the time to take action and […]

‘We must act to address mental health crisis among our children’ – Bradley

SDLP Health Spokesperson, Sinead Bradley MLA has responded to a report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, that shows Northern Ireland has the highest rates of suicide among young people in the UK. The South Down MLA said, “It is incredibly worrying that that suicide rate among young people in the North […]

Personal Independence Payment (PIP): Call for Evidence for second Independent Review of PIP assessment process

Individuals and organisations who have information or experience of how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment process is working in Northern Ireland are being asked to share their views as part of the second Independent Review. The Review by Marie Cavanagh will look at the operation of the PIP assessment process.      PIP was […]

Health Minister joins UK summit to tackle drug deaths

Health Minister Robin Swann has attended a UK Drugs Summit in Glasgow to consider and discuss what more can be done collectively at a UK level to form a better understanding of the issues surrounding drugs including drug-related deaths. The conference enabled the Minister to share experience from a NI perspective and to learn from […]

Northern Ireland litter’s threat to ecosystem revealed

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, an environmental charity dedicated to creating a healthy environment, resilient communities and thriving places, has released a report funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), that demonstrates that litter remains at concerning levels in NI – damaging our forests, parks, beaches and streets.  The Litter Composition Report […]

‘Cross border surgery option must be retained’ – Newry MLA

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has called for Cross Border Surgery and Healthcare currently provided for under an EU Directive on cross-border healthcare to be retained following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “Cross border health care and surgery, in particular, is extremely popular, especially in […]

£3m funding for street lights and potholes welcomed

Newry SDLP Councillor Michael Savage has welcomed the news that Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has secured an additional £3million of funding to help tackle the backlog of broken street lights and potholes that need fixed. Speaking to Newry Times, he said, “The Infrastructure Ministry has thrown up many challenges in the few short weeks since […]

Newry MLA presses Minister for Newry Health Hub progress

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has pressed Health Minister Robin Swan for progress on plans for a Health Hub in Newry. Speaking to Newry Times,  McNulty said, “Newry is in dire need of investment in its Primary Health Care facilities and I am delighted planning approval was secured just before Christmas for […]


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