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‘NI Prison Service setting standards across the UK’ – Justice Minister

Justice Minister Naomi Long today welcomed the findings of two new reports on Hydebank Wood Secure College and Female Prison. The report on the young offender’s centre and Ash House, which houses women prisoners, was compiled by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate NI (CJINI) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP), the Regulation and Quality Improvement […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Cap on recruitment of English-domiciled students “unacceptable”

“The imposition of a cap on the number of English-domiciled students that can attend Northern Ireland higher education providers in 2020/21 is unacceptable.” Embed from Getty Images   That is the message from Economy Minister Diane Dodds in response to the change being imposed on a UK-wide basis by the Department for Education in England. […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Tapering of furlough scheme “premature”

Finance Minister Conor Murphy has said the announcement from Chancellor Rishi Sunak that the British government’s tapering of the Job Retention Scheme is “premature given our circumstances”. Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Murphy said, “The economic priority during this public health crisis is to protect jobs and the effort that has gone into this to […]

Aoife Finnegan set to replace outgoing Sinn Fein Councillor

Sinn Féin has announced that Aoife Finnegan from Crossmaglen has been selected to replace Councillor Terry Hearty on Newry, Mourne and Down Council. Aoife is an experienced political activist that has participated in countless election campaigns, has assisted locally in the delivery of Sinn Féin projects and has been involved with media and social media […]

South Down MLA welcomes commencement of HIA payments

SDLP Executive Office Committee Chair, Colin McGrath MLA has welcomed the commencement of payments for survivors of historical abuse.  The South Down MLA told Newry Times, “I welcome that these payments have been commenced.   Article continues below: ___________________________________ Dear Newry Times reader, Newry Times has been providing the latest breaking news in Newry and […]

Agirculture Bill “must not disadvantage local agri-foods sector”

The Assembly’s Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee (AERA) has expressed its concern that the Agriculture Bill, which passed in the House of Commons this week, could have the potential to impact negatively on the agri-foods industry here. The Committee had initially voiced concern, in its February 2020 report on the bill, about the potential […]

Local MLA welcomes “crucial investment in infrastructure”

Sinn Féin Infrastructure spokesperson Cathal Boylan has welcomed the announcement of over £700m of new funding for infrastructure, regeneration, and tourism projects across the north. Embed from Getty Images   The Newry and Armagh MLA told Newry Times, “The £700 million of funding announced by my party colleague and Finance minister Conor Murphy is a […]

South Down MLA welcomes additional nursing and midwifery places

SDLP Health Spokesperson, Sinead Bradley MLA has welcomed that funding has been secured for 300 additional nursing and midwifery places. Embed from Getty Images   The South Down MLA said, “I warmly welcome the fulfilment of this commitment which was made in the New Decade, New Approach document, which provides funding of 300 additional nursing […]

£700m investment “key in rebuilding post-Covid economy”

The £700million investment package agreed this week by The Executive will be crucial in helping to rebuild the economy after the Coronavirus emergency, First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill have said. The funding has been announced for infrastructure, regeneration and tourism projects across Northern Ireland and includes £562million match funding for […]

Minister announces consultation on Non-Domestic RHI tariff review

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has launched a consultation on the Non-Domestic Renewable Heating Incentive (NDRHI) tariff review. Embed from Getty Images   The Department committed to keeping the tariffs under review when it brought forward the 2019 legislation that implemented reduced tariffs for small and medium-sized biomass boilers accredited to the NDRHI scheme. An independent […]


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