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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Ministers highlight contribution of colleges and universities in Covid-19 fight

Northern Ireland’s further and higher education institutions are making an invaluable contribution to the fight against COVID-19. Economy Minister Diane Dodds and Health Minister Robin Swann have praised our colleges and universities for their significant contribution including providing and creating personal protective equipment (PPE), joining the research for a vaccine and students volunteering and joining […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Special Olympics Ireland cancels Annual Collection Day

The Special Olympics Annual Collection Day has been cancelled due to the pandemic crisis. The collection day takes place each April and is the flagship event in the charity’s diary, raising a third of the organisation’s annual funding in one day.     Normally each April, towns and villages across Co. Down are flooded with […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: 7 more deaths takes NI total to 70

Another 7 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 70.     In the last 24 hours, the Public Health Agency said 254 tests have been carried out. Out of those 254 people tested, 69 […]

Advice for consumers as major retailers appoint administrators

Cath Kidston and Debenhams have both announced plans to enter administration. The announcements may have left many of their customers with gift vouchers wondering what their rights are now. Cath Kidston filed a notice of intention to appoint Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) as administrator on Friday 3 April 2020.     Debenhams announced on Monday […]

Two men charged with handling property stolen in the south

Two men aged 24 and 29 have been charged with handling property stolen in the Republic of Ireland. They have also been charged with possession of criminal property.     It is believed that the two men were arrested in the Crossmaglen area in the early hours of Saturday morning. It followed the report of […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister pauses all routine DAERA inspections

Minister Edwin Poots has paused all routine DAERA inspections of businesses, industry and utility services until 30 April 2020. This follows on from an earlier decision to pause routine farm inspections and is a further response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also takes the pressure off businesses, industry and utility service providers, who are working […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Help ‘always available’ for domestic abuse victims

A senior PSNI officer is reassuring victims of domestic abuse that, even during these unprecedented times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, help remains available. Assistant Chief Constable Mark McEwan, from PSNI’s Community Safety Department, said it’s important that anyone who is living with domestic abuse knows they ‘are not alone’ and that they have options […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: DAERA Minister urges halt to ‘prescribed fires ‘

DAERA Minister Edwin Poots has urged farmers and land managers to halt all prescribed burning in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic in a bid to reduce additional pressures on Northern Ireland’s emergency services. Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Poots said, “Prescribed burning is a method of land management used to improve our game habitat […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Health charities “need emergency funding”

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has said local health charities need emergency financial assistance to deal with the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The South Down MP was speaking after writing to Health Minister Robin Swann in an effort to secure emergency financial assistance for local health charities.     Chris Hazzard said, “Many […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Be more alcohol aware during social distancing

With the government calling on people to stay at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is asking people who drink alcohol to think about their drinking habits during this period. Speaking to Newry Times, Michael Owen, Regional Lead for Drugs and Alcohol at the […]


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