Archive for: December, 2013

Ritchie calls for debate on Tourism VAT rate

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has called for a Parliamentary debate on the tourism industry in Northern Ireland and asked the UK government to lower the rate of VAT on tourism services. Speaking at Business Questions in the House of Commons Ritchie asked that Parliamentary time be set aside in the New Year […]

Treacherous weather destroys Mayobridge home

SDLP representatives in South Down are urging people to stay safe during treacherous weather conditions. South Down MLA Karen McKevitt and Crotlieve Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick were commenting after visiting the scene of a house fire in Mayobridge which began after an electricity pole collapsed on top of houses in Saint Anne’s Terrace.  Strong winds caused […]

New Year’s Day Swim 2014 in aid of PIPS Newry

Roibeard Stewart has kindly organized a New Year’s Day swim in support of PIPS Newry and Mourne. The event will take place at Camlough Lake on Wednesday 1st January with registration at 10.30am and the swim starting at 11.00am. Anyone wishing to take part please contact Roibeard at 07759812173 or email roibeardaniur@hotmail.com The swim is […]

Northern Ireland high street still number one this Christmas

The majority of Northern Ireland consumers still prefer to shop on the high street according to the latest research by business advisory firm, Deloitte. The survey, which canvassed the opinion of consumers from across the UK, including Northern Ireland, revealed that over half of those surveyed still prefer the high street for top-up grocery shopping, […]

PayPoint makes sure Christmas is a success

With Christmas almost upon us, we’re all thinking about those last minute preparations, the present we forgot to buy and how to get home from the Christmas party. Luckily, one thing you won’t need to worry about is what to do if you run short of energy at the crucial moment as many PayPoint shops […]

‘Check on older people during Christmas period’ – Clarke

Local Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke is urging people to look out for older family members and neighbours this Christmas festive season and over the winter period. Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke stated, “At Christmas there are many older people particularly in rural areas who will be spending the holiday season alone due to no family […]

Local hospice ‘shocked and appalled’ after Newry charity robbery

The Southern Area Hospice Services has told Newry Times that they were ‘shocked and appalled’ after a robbery took place last Friday where money destined for the local Hospice was stolen. The local community reacted in fury after it was revealed that money from the John Dalzell Christmas Sit-Out was taken by callous thieves just […]

Newry Sinn Fein Councillor rejects resignation claims

Sinn Fein Councillor Peter Kearney has rejected claims that he has resigned from the party after posts on Facebook and Twitter hinted he may have left Sinn Fein due to problems with the local leadership and strategy of Sinn Fein Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Kearney said, “I fully support the leadership of Sinn Féin […]

The Wellness Coach guide to surviving a Newry Christmas

It’s beginning to look like a lot like Christmas, mince pies everywhere, traffic jams, shops luring you into bigger sized trousers with Roses and Quality Streets sitting dazzling at you in pretty little bowls at every turn. The sound of Jingle Bells and The Pogues are echoed only by coughs and sneezes, December 25th is […]

Newry set for £300,000 Watermains Improvement Scheme

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that NI Water will be investing £300,000 in a Watermains Improvement Scheme in the Hill Street area of Newry. Work is scheduled to start in January and is expected to be completed in around three months. Speaking to Newry Times, Danny Kennedy said, “This programme of work is […]

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