Archive for: November, 2013

Rogers urges parents to become more informed on issue of bullying

South Down MLA Seán Rogers has congratulated all those schools which participated in ‘anti bullying’ week. The SDLP Spokesperson for Education explained how important it was for parents and carers to recognise possible signs that may indicate bullying is taking place. Rogers told Newry Times, “The subject of bullying unfortunately is one we must continue […]

Bessbrook scout leader jailed for 11 years for historical sex abuse

A man found guilty of 59 historical abuse charges has been jailed for 11 years. Colin Finnegan, a former scout leader, was found guilty last month of the abuse of five young boys between 1982 and 1997 which included buggery, indecent assault and gross indecency. It also emerged in court that Finnegan was just 12 […]

‘Newry Foodbank an indictment of Stormont’s failed policies’, insists éirígí

The socialist republican party, éirígí, has said that the recent official launch of a food-bank in Newry is demonstrable proof of how the economic recession is impacting negatively upon many ordinary families. A party spokesperson also said that the very existence of food-banks is a public indictment of the failed political, social and economic policies […]

Our Lady’s student scoops scholarship

Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry recently presented certificates to Northern Ireland recipients of the JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship Scheme at a ceremony in Limerick including Laura Monaghan from Banbridge, a former pupil of Our Lady’s Grammar School in Newry. Laura is now studying for a degree in Law at Cambridge University. The […]

Newry & Mourne Carers ‘lead’ the way for Timebanking

Volunteer Now has welcomed Professor Edgar S. Cahn from the USA, founder of Timebanking and author of ‘No More Throw-Away People’ to an event in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, hosted by Basil McCrea MLA and Caitriona Ruane MLA. Volunteer Now is the force behind the programme for Northern Ireland which is delivered at a local level […]

Local politicians angry after discovery of ‘suspicious device’

Local politicians are united today in their condemnation of a suspect device found by police in Crossmaglen. Newry Times reported yesterday how local police had warned people in the South Armagh to be vigilant after a tip off they received about a device being placed in the area. Police located the suspicious device, believed to […]

Newry parking announcement receives ‘cautious welcome’

Local SDLP MLA Seán Rogers has given a cautious welcome to the D.R.D. announcement which will see the introduction of a new reduced tariff of five hours parking for just one pound. Newry is among twenty-five towns across Northern Ireland set to benefit from a special Christmas parking rate, which Rogers says he hopes will […]

‘Assembly must do more to protect women from violent abuse by partners’, says McKevitt

SDLP MLA for South Down, Karen McKevitt says urgent work is needed in Northern Ireland to protect women from violent abuse by their partners, and believes the Assembly must consider legislation to safeguard their human rights. McKevitt said up to 70% of women experience violence in their lifetime, which she branded ‘intolerable’. Closer to home, […]

Local hero Rory Best left broken by All Blacks

Local hero Rory Best suffered a heartbreaking double blow as Ireland agonisingly lost out right at the end of one of international rugby’s greatest ever games. A converted try from the final move of Sunday’s magnificent match dramatically denied Ireland a first ever victory over New Zealand in more than a century of trying and […]

Free TV Licence for Newry’s over 75’s

TV Licensing and Age Sector Platform are reminding anyone in Newry celebrating their 75th birthday in the next 12 months they will be entitled to claim a free TV Licence on this landmark birthday. Anyone aged 75 or over is eligible for a free TV Licence for their main address. There are currently almost four […]


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