Archive for: May, 2020

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Local MLA calls for ‘shielding’ clarity

SDLP Health Spokesperson, Colin McGrath MLA has written to Health Minister, Robin Swann, asking him to provide some clarity for those in the shielding category.   Embed from Getty Images   Speaking to Newry Times, the South Down MLA said, “Nobody should be in any doubt that all of our health services, including Minister Swann, are […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Expired driving licences extended for 7 months

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced plans to extend expiring driving licences for an additional seven months from the expiry date. The new arrangements will be put in place in the coming days, as soon as a new EU Regulation becomes law.      This means that all driving licences with an expiry date between […]

Newry’s Hill Street car parking removal “causing huge concern to traders”

Newry and Armagh MLA Liz Kimmins has said that the announcement by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) that car parking spaces along Hill Street were to be removed with immediate effect has caused “huge concern and anger” amongst the local business community. Speaking to Newry Times, the Sinn Féin MLA explained, “Traders have been advised […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Silent Valley “not yet open to the public”

Following the closure of many recreation sites across Northern Ireland to restrict the spread of coronavirus, NI Water has been working with other government departments and agencies to reopen these sites in a way that ensures they are enjoyable but safe for everyone to use.   This includes some popular reservoirs across Northern Ireland, where […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: ‘Here to Help’ victims of domestic abuse – PSNI

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Help is always available for domestic abuse victims during this unprecedented time. That’s the message from the Police Service and the Police and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP).     Supt. Jane Humphries said, “During these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic there is no doubt that people will be spending more time at home or […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: 369% increase in complaints about airline cancellations in NI

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The Consumer Council has revealed a significant increase in the number of complaints about airlines it has received during the coronavirus pandemic. Richard Williams, Head of Transport Policy at The Consumer Council, told Newry Times, “Between 1 March and 13 May 2020 we received 615 contacts regarding airlines.     “This is a 369% increase […]

Newry Councillor highlights hogweed dangers

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Newry City Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has warned people to be wary of the dangers of hogweed. The Councillor made her comments after receiving concerns from local residents in the Carnagat and lower Camlough Road area about the spread of giant hogweed.     Speaking to Newry Times, Mulgrew explained, “The Giant Hogweed plant […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Selected NHS patients to access ‘cutting-edge Covid-19 treatment’

Selected NHS coronavirus patients will soon be able to access treatment to speed up their recovery. Embed from Getty Images   Thanks to the joined-up efforts of the UK Government, the Devolved Administrations, a pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, the NHS, and the MHRA, the anti-viral drug remdesivir will be made available to patients meeting certain […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Swann welcomes Remdesivir for treatment of Covid-19

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the announcement that the anti-viral drug Remdesivir will be available for the treatment of Covid-19. Embed from Getty Images   Remdesivir is an innovative drug that is currently undergoing clinical trials around the world, including the UK.     International studies show the drug can shorten recovery time from […]

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 […]


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