Category archives for: Politics

New campaign launched to encourage voting in local government elections

A new campaign has launched to explain the vital role of our 11 councils and to encourage people to vote in the local government elections on Thursday 2 May. Spearheaded by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA), informative, short animation pieces focus on the real-life experiences of four individuals, why they believe that voting […]

40 ‘at risk’ people advised about partner’s abusive past

Over 326 applications have been made to the Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme (DVADS) in Northern Ireland, since its introduction one year ago. To date, 40 people, identified as being at risk, have been advised about their partner’s abusive past.     The scheme, operated by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, in conjunction […]

Local Councillor expresses concern about state of roads

SDLP Councillor Kate Loughran has expressed concern about the state of local roads in rural communities that pose a safety risk to commuters. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Loughran commented, “Recently I’ve been inundated with messages about the sorry state of our roads across the Slieve Gullion DEA.     “Road surfaces across many rural […]

‘Stroke services shake up not surprising’ – Newry MLA

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has said he is saddened but not surprised by the proposed shake up of Stroke Services by the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health Richard Pengelly. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “The consultation launched by the Permanent Secretary is deeply disappointing.     “It is […]

Introduction of new licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation

A new licensing scheme aimed at improving conditions for occupiers and addressing issues that can affect neighbourhoods will be introduced for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) from 1 April 2019. The licensing scheme will be the responsibility of local councils as the HMO regulatory function will transfer from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) to […]

Ennis calls for modern gambling legislation

Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has called for stricter legislation and regulation to protect young people and the most vulnerable in society from the scourge of gambling addiction. The party’s Culture, Arts and Sport spokesperson was commenting after launching Sinn Féin’s Problem Gambling Policy document with addiction charities.     Speaking to Newry Times, Ennis […]

Newry MLA meets police chiefs

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has held separate meetings with the PSNI’s Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton and the District Commander Super Intendent Jane Humphries this week. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “This week I have held a number of meetings with the PSNI at a regional and local level. Our meetings were both important […]

Newry MLA questions RTE’s stance on competitions

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has called on RTÉ to clarify the reason northern viewers are not able to take part in competitions on some of the station’s most popular television shows. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “Over recent weeks I have noticed that competitions on shows such as the Sunday […]

Newry students visit Westminster

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has welcomed a group of students from Abbey CBS, Newry, to Westminster. The Newry and Armagh MP said, “I welcomed a group of students and staff from Abbey CBS Grammar School in Newry to Westminster.     “I had an engaging discussion with the students on a variety of topics […]

‘M1 corridor project highlights region’s potential’ – McNulty

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has welcomed the launch of the M1 Corridor project, which aims to promote the potential of the east coast corridor as a great place to invest and do business in. Speaking after the launch McNulty said, “The Belfast to Dublin economic corridor has always been highlighted as […]


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