Archive for: November, 2019

‘Make the Call’ helps more than 9,000 people claim £43.2million in additional benefits and supports

The ‘Make the Call’ wraparound service has helped 9,340 people claim additional benefits and other support. The Department for Communities ‘Make the Call’ service supports vulnerable people to access benefits and other supports and services which they are entitled to but had not been claiming.  Article continues below Glynis Jones, Head of the Department’s ‘Make […]

‘Lives at risk – the future of antibiotics depends on you’ – Public Health Agency

The future of antibiotics depends on all of us to use them properly, so ahead of World Antibiotics Awareness Week the Public Health Agency (PHA) is asking everyone to help keep antibiotics working. Research has shown that a continued rise in antibiotic resistance could, by 2050, lead to 10 million people dying every year as […]

Average cost of buying a Newry house is £157,857, research reveals

The latest ‘Quarterly House Price Index’ report from Ulster University indicates an optimistic outlook for Northern Ireland underpinned by improving market conditions with both annual and quarterly price increases to the end of Q3 2019. The average cost of buying a house in Newry, Mourne and Down is £157,857. Article continues below Buying a Terrace […]

£30,000 Innovation and Outreach Fund opens

The Department of Finance has opened a £30,000 Innovation and Outreach Fund to encourage the use of open data. Awards of between £300 and up to £5,000 are available to fund the development of apps or other interactive visualisations that make innovative use of data on the Open Data NI portal. Article continues below Organisations […]

Police ‘aware’ of Warrenpoint anti-social behaviour

Local police have said that they are aware of issues of anti-social behaviour occurring in and around the Warrenpoint area and are encouraging anyone who has been affected by this behaviour to report the matter to police. Speaking to Newry Times, Sergeant Paul Connolly said, “Officers will be carrying out additional patrols in the Warrenpoint […]

Childline counsels rising number of NI children about sexual exploitation

Childline’s annual report has revealed the service carried out 140 counselling sessions in the last year (2018/19) with children from Northern Ireland who have been sexually exploited – up 44% on the previous year. In the total number of counselling sessions from Northern Ireland about sexual abuse (244) exploitation featured in more than half. Article […]

Funding for Musical Instruments Scheme opens

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is offering a number of funding opportunities under its Musical Instruments Scheme. Thanks to capital investment from the Department for Communities, three funding programmes have opened offering support for artists and groups to purchase instruments up until March 2020. The scheme is good news for marching bands, non-professional and […]

Road Safety Week: Beware the Dangers on Rural Roads

As Road Safety Week (18 – 24 November 2019) gets underway all road users are reminded of the hazards we face when travelling on our rural roads. The Department for Infrastructure is collaborating with road safety partners in the emergency services and the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster to urge everyone to be aware of […]

Newry Westminster candidate calls on parties to “refrain from personal attacks”

SDLP Westminster Candidate for South Down, Councillor Michael Savage, has issued written instructions to local SDLP representatives, activists, canvassers and party members today to refrain from any and all personal attacks on candidates in the Westminster election. The South Down candidate said that the deeply personal abuse received by candidates so far, predominantly women, is […]

Dozens of offences noted as police visit Newry ‘car cruise’

Police in Newry have attended a carpark on the Armagh Road, Newry on Saturday, 9 November, following a report of a ‘car cruise’ event taking place. Speaking to Newry Times, Constable Darrell Nesbitt said, “Local residents have raised concerns with us in relation to the manner in which vehicles are being driven in the area. […]


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