Category archives for: Politics

Newry Council calls for pause in Universal Credit rollout

SDLP Councillor Laura Devlin has welcomed a decision from Newry, Mourne and Down council to call for a pause in the rollout of Universal Credit. The call comes following an SDLP motion to the council.     Speaking to Newry Times, Cllr Devlin said, “I’m delighted that the council has supported the SDLP motion calling […]

GP Out of Hours bases ‘closed 347 times in 8 months’

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has claimed the GP Out of Hours Bases across the Southern Trust have been closed to the public a staggering 347 times over the last eight months. He has called for a fundamental review of the way the system operates.     Speaking to Newry […]

Sinn Féin delegation to meet CCMS to discuss proposals

South Down MLA Sinéad Ennis along with party colleagues will meet with senior figures from the CCMS in the coming weeks. The meeting was called amid concerns from parents that there is still ‘too much ambiguity’ around the logistics of the current development proposals.     Speaking ahead of the meeting Sinéad Ennis said, “I […]

McNulty voices support for Rural Transport Service

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh has voiced his support for the retention of the Rural Transport Service and has called for Stormont officials to scrap the proposed introduction of new Operator and Driver Licensing Guidelines.  McNulty attended a public meeting in Lisburn recently on the issue organised by the Community Transport Network.    […]

‘Lives at risk on South Armagh roads’ – SDLP Councillor

SDLP Slieve Gullion Councillor Pete Byrne has expressed concern that lives are potentially being put at risk on South Armagh roads due to lack of funding following the release of the Southern Division Interim Report by the Department of Infrastructure: Roads.     Speaking to Newry Times, Byrne said, “During a Special Council Meeting last […]

‘Fianna Fáil call for a hard border in Ireland is disgraceful’ – Brady

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said a Fianna Fáil councillor’s call for a ‘hard border’ in Ireland is ‘disgraceful attack on border communities’. He was speaking following what the local MP described as ‘a bizarre and xenophobic statement’ from Fianna Fáil Councillor Emma Coffey in which she called for a ‘hard border’ in Ireland […]

Newry MLA backed by Consumer Council on private parking firms

SDLP Assembly Member Justin McNulty has received backing from the Consumer Council for his calls for an independent regulator to oversee the practices of Private Car Parking Operators.  McNulty made the call last week in response to a large volume of complaints from the general public over recent weeks.     Speaking to Newry Times, […]

Demand for traffic calming measures in Cloughogue

Newry, Mourne & Down Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has said that there is a need for Transport NI to address concerns as soon as possible. She was commenting after she and her colleague Megan Fearon MLA met with Transport NI Officials to discuss issues of concern relating to the demand for traffic calming measures […]

Reinstatement of Carrickore services welcomed

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has welcomed confirmation from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust that the short breaks services at Carrickore Respite Centre in Newry are to be reinstated immediately.     McNulty, who has been working closely with the families concerned in recent months explained, “Confirmation that […]

‘Grave concern for public services with no Stormont deal’ – McNulty

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has expressed his deep concern at the impact on essential public services should there be no deal to restore the Assembly in the coming weeks. McNulty made the comments as Secretary of State James Brokenshire set the latest deadline for a deal to be struck […]


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