Archive for: July, 2020

‘We must redouble efforts to tackle obesity’ – Health Minister Robin Swann

Following the launch of the UK Government’s new obesity strategy, the Health Minister Robin Swann has said that we must all redouble efforts to address the issue.   Embed from Getty Images   Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Swann said, “We know from the evidence that being overweight or obese puts people at greater risk […]

COVID-19: Health Minister announces initiatives on Day Surgery and Orthopaedics

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Health Minister Robin Swann has announced important initiatives to support the rebuilding of hospital services while protecting patients and staff from COVID-19.     The plans will see Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn becoming the location for Northern Ireland’s first Day Procedure Centre.     It will become a hub for less complex planned (elective) […]

Commencement of review of special events legislation announced

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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced that a review of the special events legislation is live.     The Roads (Miscellaneous Provision) Act (Northern Ireland) 2010 was enacted following a public consultation and Northern Ireland Assembly scrutiny.      The legislation provides the power to close a road so that a special event, such as […]

Newry MLA urges Minister to bring forward plan for school reopening

SDLP Public Health Spokesperson, Newry MLA Justin McNulty has urged Minister for Education, Peter Weir, to bring forward a plan for schools reopening.   Embed from Getty Images   The Newry and Armagh MLA told Newry Times, “I was glad to have the opportunity to engage with Minister Weir and congratulate him on his Expert […]

Employers For Childcare welcomes recovery package

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Employers For Childcare has welcomed the Executive’s Childcare Recovery Support package, which will see £10.5 million allocated to childcare locally, to assist in recovery and building capacity across the sector.   Embed from Getty Images     The funding scheme has opened for applications this month and all forms of registered childcare who re-open, or […]

‘Action, not words, needed to support taxi industry’ – Sinn Fein MLA

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Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has said action, not words, is needed from the Infrastructure Minister to support the taxi industry.     The party’s Infrastructure spokesperson said, “Those in the transport sector, such as taxi drivers, have been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.      “Throughout the pandemic, many in the transport sector […]

Mallon plans to resume further MOT services and car and lorry driving tests

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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced that the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) intends to resume further MOT testing services and practical car and lorry driving tests from 1 September 2020.   Embed from Getty Images   Following the resumption of testing for some vehicle groups earlier this month, the DVA plans to resume MOT […]

NI Youth Assembly gets green light from Assemly Commission

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The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission (the Commission) has launched its plan to introduce a Youth Assembly for Northern Ireland.     The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Chair of the Commission, Alex Maskey MLA, said, “I am delighted to announce the Assembly Commission’s plans to establish a Youth Assembly.     “It will […]

Long appoints team to review support for prison staff

Justice Minister Naomi Long has appointed Siobhan Keating and Gillian Robinson to undertake a Review of Support Services for NIPS Staff Suffering from Mental Health issues.   Embed from Getty Images   Siobhan Keating currently works as a Consultant Psychologist in Belfast Health and Social Care Trust in the forensic learning disability and mental health […]

COVID-19: Cover up to show you care, says Health Minister Swann

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“Wearing face coverings in shops will show people who have been shielding that we care.”     Speaking ahead of shielding being paused from this Friday, 31 July Health Minister Robin Swann said, “It has been a long road for those who have been shielding at home because their medical condition placed them at particular […]

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