Archive for: October, 2016

DFI Minister welcomes £25million stimulus package funding

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has welcomed an additional £25million funding allocation to stimulate and support infrastructure development. The funding is part of the Executive’s First Step Stimulus package announced during the October Monitoring round and it will be invested in roads maintenance and new buses. Minister Hazzard said, “This £25million is a significant boost for […]

McNulty welcomes U-turn on courthouse closure

SDLP Newry & Armagh MLA Justin McNulty has welcomed an announcement from the Justice Minister that she intends to reverse the decision taken by the previous Justice Minister and former Alliance Leader David Ford to close Armagh Courthouse. Speaking to Newry Times, he said, “This decision is a victory for local people on the ground […]

Dog attack in South Armagh

Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has called on the owners of three dogs that slaughtered a dozen sheep in the Ballsmill area in South Armagh to come forward. Last Sunday morning two Labradors and an Alsatian slaughtered 12 sheep and injured several others before attacking a farmer. “The decent thing for the people who own […]

Murphy welcomes commitment to nurses

Newry MLA Conor Murphy has welcomed a commitment from the Sinn Fein Health Minister that the nurses’ bursary scheme will be retained. “Following recent moves away from the nurses’ bursary by the British government, local nurses had contacted me to express concern that such a move would be replicated here,” he said. “I asked my […]

‘Opposition proposal on housing bizarre’ – Boylan

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has said it’s bizarre that the opposition in the Assembly “actually proposed to build less houses than the Executive”. The Armagh MLA called for the Housing Executive to be given the resources to build more social housing during a debate on housing provision. “Demand for social housing is an issue […]

Pressures on local GP services raised at Stormont

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has called on the Minister for Health Michelle O’Neill to urgently address the crises facing GP practices locally. McNulty raised the issue in the Assembly during Questions to the Minister for Health. Speaking after question time McNulty explained, “GP services are at breaking point across the […]

Significant boost for farmers as over 90% receive advance payments

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced that 90.72% of eligible farmers have received an advance CAP payment this month. Northern Ireland was the first region in the United Kingdom to introduce advance payments and the Minister said that this was possible because of the increase in the number of farmers submitting their Single Application online. […]

Health Minister urges the public to “Stay Well this Winter”

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has launched a major campaign, fronted by local health professionals, to help people ‘Stay Well This Winter’. ‘Stay Well’ encourages people, especially those at most risk of a preventable hospital admission, to take actions that will help them stay well during winter. This includes getting a flu vaccination, keeping homes warm […]

Armagh Down Cycling Club welcomes new members

If you’ve been thinking about getting into cycling, now’s the time to meet the members of Armagh Down Cycling Club. On Wednesday, 26th October Armagh Down CC will be holding its annual membership night and it’s the perfect opportunity to go along and find out what’s on offer. A warm welcome awaits and you can […]

Funding boost for Education

Education Minister Peter Weir has welcomed an additional £13million capital funding as part of the October Monitoring process. The extra funding will be spent on minor works and the purchase of furniture and equipment for schools. In addition, the Department also received £2.3million towards the Shared Education Signature project as well as £1million for a […]

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