Archive for: June, 2020

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Childcare available to all parents, Ministers announce

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Ministers Robin Swann and Peter Weir have confirmed that the definition of key worker will no longer apply for access to childcare. Embed from Getty Images   The announcement follows the recent publication of the Childcare Sector Recovery Plan. Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Swann said, “The key worker definition for childcare purposes will no […]

Alliance Party backs motion to delay development of new Newry Civic Centre

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Group leader of the Alliance Party on Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Patrick Brown, has publicly stated their plans to back a motion by Independent Newry Councillor Gavin Malone to halt development of a new Civic Centre in Newry for the remainder of the Council term. Speaking about the motion Councillor Brown told Newry Times, […]

Call for ‘immediate support’ for taxi sector

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Sinn Féin spokesperson for Infrastructure Cathal Boylan has said that the protest by taxi drivers outside Stormont this week is evidence of their growing frustration at the inaction by the Infrastructure and Economy ministers. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA said, “Those in the transport sector, such as taxi drivers, have been […]

NSPCC and O2 provide virtual online safety webinars in NI as school holidays begin

Since the lockdown began, many parents have faced the challenges of home-schooling but it is now coming to an end for this term.  The school holidays begin very soon and like everything else, over the last few months, they will be very different from previous years.     Many families will not be going on […]

Man due at Newry Court after ‘person acting suspiciously’ reports in Camlough

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Police in Newry have charged a man after receiving reports of a ‘person acting suspiciously’ in Camlough.  Police received a report of a person acting suspiciously in the Camlough area.     The incidents happened on Sunday night, 28 June. Article continues below: The 25-year-old man is charged with criminal damage and interference with vehicles. […]

Swann announces appointment of Interim Mental Health Champion

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Professor Siobhán O’Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University, has accepted the role of interim Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland. Professor O’Neill is one of Northern Ireland’s leading experts in the field of mental health and is known for her active and passionate involvement in suicide prevention.     Making the announcement, […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: £5.6m available to alleviate student hardship announced

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced an additional £1.4million to alleviate student hardship. This brings the total available to £5.6million in the 2020/21 financial year.     Commenting on the announcement, the Minister said, “Each year my Department makes available support funds to the local Higher Education Institutions for distribution to students who can demonstrate […]

Justice Minister launches Adult Restorative Justice Strategy consultation

Justice Minister Naomi Long has launched a consultation for a proposed Adult Restorative Justice Strategy. Embed from Getty Images   The consultation will consider the development of a strategic approach to restorative practices at all stages of the criminal justice system, from early intervention in the community, formal diversion by statutory agencies, court-ordered disposals, custody […]

Alliance councillor tackles dog fouling problem across Newry and Mourne

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Rowallane Alliance Councillor Patrick Brown has successfully brought a motion to tackle dog fouling across the District, which has now been passed by Council. The motion reads: “Recognising the extent of dog fouling across the District and the need to consider innovative solutions to tackle this problem, the Council will investigate the viability of using […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Weir publishes new school day guidance for special schools

Guidance setting out how special schools should plan for the new school day has been published. Embed from Getty Images   The guidance is a supplement to the ‘New School Day’ guidance which was issued on 19 June. Speaking to Newry Times, Education Minister Peter Weir said, “I have already stated that I want to […]


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