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Agencies ‘ready to respond’ to Storm Dennis

Multi-agency partners have met as preparations continue ahead of forecast severe weather and Storm Dennis this weekend and early next week. Staff from all agencies are on the ground monitoring the situation and will be ready to respond to any impacts. Article continues below Traffic disruption and some localised flooding are possible and the public […]

Spoil your loved one, with HMRC’s Valentine’s Day cash boost

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is proposing to married couples and those in civil partnerships to sign up to a £250 tax break this Valentine’s Day. More than 1.78 million couples are already committed to the Marriage Allowance boost, but it is estimated more than 2 million are missing out on up to £250 this […]

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Review

The Department for Communities has appointed Ms Marie Cavanagh to carry out the second independent statutory Review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment. The Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 states that the Department must lay before the Assembly an independent review of the operation of PIP assessments within two years of go-live and […]

Backlog into school maintenance “disastrous” – Newry MLA

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has expressed his astonishment at the scale of the backlog in school maintenance across Northern Ireland. Of the £400 Million maintenance programmed, £90 Million of that is deemed as critical. Article continues below The figures were revealed to McNulty during a presentation to the Education Committee, by the Education Authority’s Chief […]

Time running out to nominate Newry rugby heroes

Entries for SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland) and Ulster Rugby’s Real Rugby Heroes Award will close at noon on Monday 17 February and organisers are calling for last-minute nominations in Lisburn, Dromore and Newry.   The award scheme was launched by SONI in 2015 as part of its domestic sponsorship of the SONI Ulster Rugby […]

Local dog owners urged to ‘keep pets secure to prevent attacks’

Sinn Féin councillor Terry Hearty has called on dog owners to make sure that their animals are securely kept inside or on their property at night or when they are away from home. The Slieve Gullion councillor was speaking after dogs slaughtered a number of sheep and lambs in the Lisseraw recently. Article continues below […]

Legislation to encourage use of electric bikes to be taken forward

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has confirmed she will bring forward legislation to encourage the use of electric bikes. Speaking during a visit to CS Lewis Square in East Belfast to meet with Sustrans, a charity responsible for promoting active travel, Minister Mallon said, “Being more active is important for the body and the mind. Article […]

Newry police appeal for witnesses after ‘deliberate fire’ causes significant damage

Police are appealing for information or witnesses following the report of a fire at a hayshed in the Millvale Road area of Bessbrook on the evening of Sunday 19 January. Speaking to Newry Times, Constable Quigley said, “It’s believed the fire was started at around 7.30 pm. Article continues below “Colleagues from Northern Ireland Fire […]

Police Ombudsman’s office appeals for witnesses to Newry Collision

The Police Ombudsman’s Office has appealed for information about a collision between a police car and another vehicle near Newry. The collision left a young woman with serious injuries. Article continues below The collision happened shortly after midnight on 10 May 2019, near Morgan’s Fuel depot on the Dublin Road outside Newry.     The […]

Minister announces extension of protections from bedroom tax

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has announced her plans for the extension of the welfare mitigations to the bedroom tax beyond 31 March 2020.  The mitigation scheme currently provides financial support to people who would otherwise have lost out due to welfare cuts. Article continues below An estimated 38,000 households are in receipt of supplementary […]


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