Category archives for: Politics

Ennis calls on Translink to improve services to Newry

Local MLA Sinéad Ennis has requested that Translink improve their bus services to Newry from surrounding areas in South Down. Speaking to Newry Times, the South Down MLA said, “I have been in contact with Translink NI to discuss the current services that they operate from South Down to Newry.     “I have highlighted […]

Cross-border Councils discuss Brexit in Newry with Emergency Services

The Louth County Council and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Joint Committee have held their most recent meeting at the Monaghan Row Offices in Newry. The Joint Committee, which was formed out of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2011 between the two Councils, meets on a regular basis to monitor and discuss a range […]

‘Waiting game for tourism industry’ – Councillor Byrne

SDLP Councillor and Vice Chair of ERT Pete Byrne has said the wait is now on for the Autumn Budget as a consultation on Tourism VAT in Northern Ireland closes. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Byrne said, “Following the end of the UK Government’s consultation period on Tourism VAT in the North, those affected in […]

New law will disregard abolished homosexual offences

The Department of Justice today announced a change to the law which will allow convictions for abolished homosexual offences to be disregarded and pardoned. The new law, agreed by the Assembly in November 2016, facilitates the removal of convictions for such offences from police and court records. Convictions that are disregarded will be considered as […]

‘Commonwealth Youth Games have become collateral damage’ – McNulty

SDLP Sports and Communities Spokesperson Justin McNulty MLA has said that it is a sorry indictment of our stalled political process following the news that Northern Ireland will no longer be able to host the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2021. McNulty stated that both the DUP and Sinn Féin must reflect on this decision and […]

‘Future broadband investment must prioritise rural areas’ – Fearon

Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said that future broadband investment must prioritise rural areas. The South Armagh MLA made her comments following the recent Broadband Report launch at Stormont.     Speaking to Newry Times, she said, “Rural areas are disadvantaged in terms of access to high speed broadband. “As a […]

‘Everyone has part to play in fight against plastic pollution’ – Boylan

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Cathal Boylan has highlighted the need to cut down on needless plastic use in our society. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA said, “We all have a responsibility for the planet and plastic pollution is a human-made problem, we all need to take […]

South Armagh the “poor relation” for Roads Service attention – Councillor Hearty

Slieve Gullion Area Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has said that people need to see actual road improvements happening rather than reading about them. The Councillor was directing his remarks to Divisional Roads Senior Management who were outlining their plans for 2018/19 to the Council.     The South Armagh Councillor told those at the […]

An Taoiseach set to meet Orange Order

SDLP Reconciliation Spokesperson Justin McNulty MLA has said it is welcome news that An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will be the first representative from the Irish Government to make the historic visit to Schomberg House. The MLA for Newry and Armagh commented, “An Taoiseach’s visit to Schomberg House is a powerful illustration of the Peace Process […]

Adoptive and kinship carers Two Child Tax Rule exemption welcomed

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has welcomed confirmation from the Department for Communities that adoptive parents and kinship carers in Northern Ireland will no longer be penalised by the two-child tax rule. However, he expressed disappointment that due to the absence of an Assembly and Executive, carers will have to wait until these changes are introduced […]


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