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‘Stay away from reservoirs’, NI Water warns

Reservoirs and other water bodies can look like a perfect place to spend a beautiful day; this can be particularly so during the summer months. But that calm exterior can carry real danger that everyone should be aware of – a Quick Dip can very easily lead to a Quick Death. In order to help […]

‘Trident spending exposes hypocrisy of Tories’ – Brady

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said the British government’s planned spending on Trident nuclear submarines exposes the hypocrisy of their austerity agenda. Speaking to Newry Times, Brady said, “Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the British government’s plans to spend billions on replacing Trident submarines and on the proliferation of nuclear weapons. “For years […]

‘You need to bin it not flush it’ – NI Water

What really lurks in our sewers? The answer in the Newcastle and Mourne region is everything from nappies, to cotton buds, baby wipes and other inappropriate items, according to NI Water. Each year, NI Water retrieves millions of waste items from the sewerage network that simply shouldn’t be there – some of the more bizarre […]

Nurse-led care improves Dermatology Services

A team of Specialist Dermatology Nurses are helping to reduce waiting times for surgical procedures in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. There are around 7,500 new patients each year in the Southern area with skin conditions ranging from chronic psoriasis and eczema to acne, hair loss and skin cancer, which is rapidly increasing. […]

‘All private landlords should install carbon monoxide detectors’ – Ritchie

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called on the Government and NI Executive to require all private landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors in rented accommodation. Speaking to Newry Times, she said, “Around 50 people a year die of carbon monoxide poisoning in Britain and Northern Ireland. This is unacceptable. “As the representative of […]

Deadline fast approaching for Volunteering Small Grants Programme

The closing date for applications for the Volunteering Small Grants Programme, launched last month by the Department for Communities Minister Paul Givan MLA, is 12 noon Friday 29th July. The Volunteering Small Grants Programme provides grants of between £200 and £1,200 to help organisations throughout Northern Ireland recruit and support volunteers. To be eligible, organisations […]

‘Irish unity referendum needs to be on the agenda’ – Murphy

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said that the proposal for a referendum on Irish unity needs to be on the agenda of any negotiations between the British and Irish governments and the EU. The Newry Armagh MLA was responding to comments by British Secretary of State James Brokenshire on a unity referendum. Conor Murphy […]

Save Hank inspired motion tabled at Newry, Mourne and Down Council

Alliance Councillor Patrick Brown has tabled a motion relating to animal welfare to be debated at Newry, Mourne and Down’s full Council meeting on 1st August. The motion, which calls upon the Council to put on record its opposition to ‘Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)’ was inspired by the plight of Hank the dog and his […]

£20,000 of bikes stolen in Kilbroney Park burglary

Police have launched an investigation after they received a report of a burglary at premises in the Kilbroney Park area of Rostrevor. Sometime overnight on Saturday, 23rd July the premises were entered and a quantity of mountain bikes stolen. Speaking to Newry Times, Constable D McCartan appealed to anyone who may have witnessed this incident […]

‘Shambolic programme for government silent on Brexit’ – McNulty

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has said that the Executive’s Programme for Government cannot continue to be silent on Brexit. McNulty was speaking after the SDLP submitted a formal response to the Executive’s Programme for Government proposals. McNulty said, “It is inconceivable that the Executive’s strategy for the next five […]


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