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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: ‘Stay at home this Bank Holiday weekend’, Newry PSNI urges community

Police in Newry, Mourne and Down are working with Translink to urge everyone to continue to follow the health advice; stay at home to prevent the spread of infection this Bank Holiday weekend. PSNI District Commander Supt. Jane Humphries said, “With warmer weather forecast and the longer, lighter days following the clocks changing, many people […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Join NI Water’s free text alert service

NI Water is encouraging customers to sign up for its free text alert service which keeps them updated about anything that may impact their water supply or any of their other services in the area. NI Water’s Director of Customer Service Delivery Des Nevin explained, “Water has never been more important with handwashing being a […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Advice for vulnerable gas consumers with pre-payment meters

The Consumer Council is advising vulnerable consumers with Pay As You Go (PAYG) gas meters who have received a letter from their GP, or hospital, asking them to isolate in their home, on how to top up their gas PAYG meter. Paulino García, Head of Energy Policy at The Consumer Council, said, “At this time, […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: 5 more deaths takes NI total to 78

Another 5 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland have died in the last 24 hours. The total of deaths in the country has now risen to 78.     In the last 24 hours, the Public Health Agency said 406 tests have been carried out. Out of those 406 people tested, 84 […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Health and social care arrangements over Easter

As the lockdown continues and more people spend time in their homes and gardens, the health and social care system is calling on people to be careful when carrying out DIY and gardening activities and for parents to keep an eye on their children when playing on trampolines or other play equipment. This will help […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister raises concerns on beef imports

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA has raised concerns with the main supermarkets after recent reports that a significant shipment of beef was imported into the UK from Poland during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. During a call to the Secretary of State, George Eustice, Ministers from the other devolved administrations and the main supermarkets, […]

Don’t miss out, claim Child Benefit by phone or post, HMRC tells new parents

Parents of new-borns will still be able to claim Child Benefit despite the outbreak of coronavirus, HMRC announced today. Even though General Register Offices remain closed for now, parents can still claim Child Benefit without having to register their child’s birth first to ensure that they do not miss out. First-time parents will need to […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Economy Minister highlights ‘alternative’ job opportunities

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has offered her support to people looking for alternative work due to the impact of COVID-19 on jobs across Northern Ireland. Speaking to Newry Times, the Minister said, “I want to reassure businesses and workers that my department is working hard to support you through the uncertainty of the current economic […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: ‘Temporary pause’ for routine cervical and breast cancer screening

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced that a number of routine screening programmes have been paused to allow staff and resources to be reallocated to tackling Covid-19. Speaking to Newry Times, Health Minister Robin Swann said, “Covid-19 is the most serious public health emergency that Northern Ireland has ever experienced.     “Given the unprecedented […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Call for roll-out of MOT centre Covid-19 testing facilies

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has welcomed the use of an MOT test centre in Belfast as a testing facility for Coronavirus and has called for the rolling out of this initiative throughout the north. The Newry and Armagh MLA said, “An MOT centre in Belfast will open as a Covid-19 testing site, as it […]


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