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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Six more deaths takes NI total to 36

Another 6 people in Northern Ireland have died after testing positive for Covid-19. The total of deaths in the country has now risen to 36.     In the last 24 hours, the Public Health Agency said 449 tests have been carried out. Out of those 449 people tested, 85 people tested positive.     […]

House ransacked and jewellery stolen during burglary

Detectives are investigating the report of a burglary at residential premises in the Newry Road area of Kilkeel. The burglary took place on Monday 23 March.     Speaking to Newry Times, Detective Constable Michael Brannigan said, “It was reported sometime between 10.30am and 4.30pm entry was forced into a house in the area. “The […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Rural Community Transport “providing crucial service during crisis”

Local Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has commended her local community transport group for providing an essential service during the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA said, “Newry and Mourne Community Transport already provides a key service in normal circumstances by tackling social isolation and providing equal access to vital […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: All hospital staff “must be fitted for appropriate PPE”

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has said that all hospital staff must be fitted for appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as Northern Ireland’s first Nightingale Hospital opens in Belfast. Speaking to Newry Times, the South Belfast MLA said, “The conversion of the main tower at the City Hospital to a ‘Nightingale’ facility is a necessary […]

Coronavirus: NI increases ventilators to 165 as first Nightingale Hospital announced

The Department of Health will be designating Belfast City Hospital’s tower block as Northern Ireland’s first Nightingale Hospital – for the anticipated surge of Covid-19 patients requiring intensive care in the weeks ahead. This will be a 230-bed regional facility staffed by a team drawn from across Northern Ireland.     Surge plans also include […]

Appeal for witnesses after South Armagh arson incident

Police are appealing for information or witnesses following the report of a fire at premises in Cullyhanna, near Crossmaglen. The fire happened on the night of Tuesday 24 March.     The fire, reported just after 11pm, was at unoccupied former commercial premises in the Tullynavall Road area. Police attended along with colleagues from Northern […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Two more deaths takes grim NI total to 30

Coronavirus has claimed more lives in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours. According to the Public Health Agency, another two people have sadly passed away.     Both tested positive for Covid-19. As of this morning, Wednesday 1 April, testing has resulted in 103 new positive cases. This brings the total number of confirmed […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Construction companies “must comply with PHA guidelines”

Finance Minister Conor Murphy today talked about the importance of the construction sector and reliefs available for suppliers impacted by Covid-19. Commenting on the challenges for suppliers, Conor Murphy told Newry Times, “The current outbreak of Covid-19 is unprecedented and will have a significant impact on businesses of all sizes.     “Many suppliers to […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister pays tribute to energy sector workers

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has thanked workers across the energy sector in Northern Ireland for continuing to deliver for the community. Speaking to Newry Times, the Minister said, “Northern Ireland’s energy workers are part of the unseen workforce at the frontline in this crisis.     “Turning on the heating, flicking a light switch and […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: New ‘clustering’ guidance published for schools

Schools have been issued with guidance on clustering to ensure there are sustainable arrangements and sufficient places for vulnerable children and the children of key workers during the Covid-19 crisis. The guidance, which has been developed by the Department of Education and its education partners, is intended for those schools which wish to work together […]


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