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Minister Hargey reconvenes Emergencies Leadership Group as cost of living Crisis deepens | Newry Times

Minister Hargey reconvenes Emergencies Leadership Group as cost of living Crisis deepens | Newry Times - todays news in newry

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has reconvened the Emergencies Leadership Group as part of a strategic response to the cost of living crisis.     The group brings together leaders from the community and voluntary sector who are on the frontline, assisting workers, families and communities who are enduring real hardship as the crisis deepens. Speaking […]

Latest ONS figures ‘further evidence the protocol is working and creating jobs’ – Murphy | Newry Times

Latest ONS figures 'further evidence the protocol is working and creating jobs' - Murphy | Newry Times - breaking news newry

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said the latest figures showing the North’s economy outperforming England, Scotland and Wales is more evidence that the protocol is working and creating jobs.     The Sinn Féin Finance Minister explains, “The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics in Britain for Quarter 3 of 2021 show […]

Nurses’ formal pay dispute ‘deeply worrying development’ – Kimmins | Newry Times

Nurses' formal pay dispute 'deeply worrying development' - Kimmins | Newry Times - newry news today

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said the nurses’ formal trade dispute over pay is a deeply worrying development.     Local MLA Liz Kimmins explains, “The Tory government has treated health workers who have been on the frontline over the two years of the pandemic with contempt. “Health workers who have been delivering vital […]

Latest electricity price hike will hit struggling workers and families – Brady | Newry Times

Latest electricity price hike will hit struggling workers and families - Brady | Newry Times - newry news

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said the latest electricity price hike of 33% by Airtricity will hit workers and families hard and called on the DUP to get back to work and form an Executive to deal with the cost-of-living crisis.     The Newry and Armagh MP says, “Airtricity electricity prices have gone […]

Northern Ireland Child Funeral Fund is now operational – Hargey | Newry Times

Northern Ireland Child Funeral Fund is now operational - Hargey | Newry Times - newry death news

A Northern Ireland Child Funeral Fund announced by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey in March has come into operation from 1 June 2022.     A one-off lump-sum payment of £3,056 will be payable from the Fund to help families with the cost of a funeral on the death of a child under 18 or in […]

Extension of Consultation on Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol | Newry Times

Extension of Consultation on Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol | Newry Times - newry news today

On 22 February 2022 Minister Swann launched a public consultation on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol into Northern Ireland and it has now been extended.     Minimum Unit Pricing is a harm reduction proposal that would seek to target very cheap off-sales alcohol – such as own-brand alcohol – and help […]

£2.1m workforce training package unveiled | Newry Times

£2.1m workforce training package unveiled - Newry Times - newry news

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced a £2.1million education and training investment to boost the health service workforce.     The package includes 1,335 nursing and midwifery university places for 2022/23, as well as additional medical specialty and Allied Health Profession (AHP) training posts.     “I am very pleased to make this announcement and […]

New Appointments to the Independent Monitoring Board | Newry Times

New Appointments to the Independent Monitoring Board | Newry Times - newry news latest

The Department of Justice has announced the appointment of eight new members to the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB).     They are Andrew Bell, Chris Henderson, Mike Mawhinney, Norman McKinley, Lekan Ojo-okiji Abasi, Bryan Snoddy, Arlene Sproule and Marie Thompson.     The new members, all volunteers, took up the role on 1 April 2022 […]

GP’s services ‘must be accessible’ – Murphy | Newry Times

GP's services must be accessible - Murphy | Newry Times - county down newspaper

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy has said people should be able to see a GP when they need one.     Conor Murphy explains, “People across Newry and Armagh have reported their frustration at the lack of access to their local GP.     “Sinn Féin’s plan to invest an additional £1 billion in our health […]

SDLP launches childcare plan for families | Newry Times

SDLP launches childcare plan for families | Newry Times - news newry northern ireland

The SDLP has pledged that a vote for the SDLP would expand the basic entitlement to free pre-school childcare for working parents from 12.5 hours to 30 hours per week.     SDLP Newry and Armagh candidate Justin McNulty said that the proposal would reduce in-work poverty, enable parents to re-enter the workforce and address […]