Category archives for: Politics

Newry MLA meets Permanent Secretary on Bunscoil an Iúir

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has met with the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education on the need for new build facilities for Bunscoil an Iúir.  McNulty was joined at the meeting with the school Principal and members of the school’s Board of Governors.     Speaking to Newry Times, […]

Launch of consultation on measures to tackle stalking in Northern Ireland

The Department of Justice has launched a public consultation seeking views on measures to address stalking in Northern Ireland. The ‘Stalking – A Serious Concern’ consultation focuses on the impact of stalking on victims and the wider community and asks whether the introduction of a specific offence of stalking in Northern Ireland could offer victims […]

Home to School Transport Review launched

The Department of Education has announced a review of the current home to school transport policy. The aim of the review is to ensure that home to school transport is fit for purpose and is sustainable over the long term.     In the region of 84,000 pupils are currently eligible for transport assistance which […]

Local community asked to help boost broadband

The Department for the Economy is asking broadband suppliers and members of the public to help ensure they have correctly identified all those postcodes that contain premises currently unable to access 30 megabits per second (Mbps) broadband services. People are asked to check the lists published online at or visit their local council offices […]

New system for buyers to register cattle by phone

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced an enhancement to the cattle registration telephony system that will allow cattle purchased at a livestock market to be confirmed into the buyer’s herd by phone. Prior to this change, farmers confirmed these animals into their herds by a paper MC2B document or online […]

‘Abuse of Translink staff unacceptable’ – Newry MLA

SDLP Infrastructure Spokesperson Sinead Bradley has said that statistics showing high level of assaults on Translink workers this year alone is appalling. The MLA for South Down told Newry Times, “It is totally unacceptable that workers providing us a vital public service, that many of us couldn’t do without, are facing abuse by customers whilst […]

Public urged to respond to witness appeal on killing of Newry IRA man

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has encouraged the public to engage with the Ombudsman’s witness appeal into the RUC killing of Colum Marks in Downpatrick in 1991. Speaking to Newry Times, the South Down MP said, “This is welcome news for Colum’s family, friends and the wider community here in Downpatrick. “IRA Volunteer Colum Marks […]

Newry MLA meets Trust about Carrickore and Oaklands Short Break services

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has met with representatives of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to discuss Short Break services at Carrickore in Newry and Oaklands in Armagh. Speaking after the meeting to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “Over the last number of years I have been working closely with families […]

Anger over ‘poor response’ to state of Warrenpoint roads

Newry, Mourne and Down Councillor Michael Ruane has spoken of what he described as “the deep frustration of many” due to “the poor response” by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) Roads Service to concerns raised about the road infrastructure throughout the Warrenpoint area. The local Councillor challenged DfI Officials present at a recent Council meeting […]

‘City deal could make significant difference for Newry’ – Local MLA

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has given a cautious welcome to the announcement by the Chancellor Philip Hammond of a City Deal for the Belfast Region which includes Newry, Mourne and Down. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “The news of a City Deal for Belfast and this region is a good […]


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