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Mental Health Champion appointed | Newry Times

Mental Health Champion appointed - Newry Times - newry local newspaper

Following a recent external recruitment process, Health Minister Robin Swann has appointed Professor Siobhan O’Neill as the Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland.     Professor O’Neill is the current Interim Mental Health Champion and Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University.     She is one of Northern Ireland’s leading experts in the […]

Newry MLA raises shortfall in home upgrade grants for disabled people | Newry Times

McNulty raises shortfall in grants for disabled people to upgrade homes - Newry Times - down newspaper

Newry SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has raised concerns that grants to assist people with disabilities to make adaptations to their homes are falling short.       The SDLP has written to Communities Minster Deirdre Hargey urging her to increase the NI Housing Executive’s Disabled Facilities Grant in line with the increasing construction and materials costs […]

Young people ‘being left out in the cold’ – Newry MLA | Newry Times

Young people 'being left out in the cold' - Newry MLA - Newry Times - newry news headlines

Newry SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has hit out at the decision by the Executive to exclude 16-18-year-olds from the High Street Voucher Scheme.     The Newry and Armagh MLA, “I have had some reservations about this scheme from the outset.     “Initially, the stated intention of the Voucher Scheme was to provide a […]

Hargey extends eviction protection until May 2022 | Newry Times

Hargey extends eviction protection until May 2022 - Newry Times - newry local news

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced that she is extending legislation to protect private renters from eviction to 4 May 2022.     Introduced at the start of the pandemic the Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Act requires landlords to give tenants a 12-week notice to quit period before seeking a court order to begin proceedings […]

Newry MLA seeks reinstatement of Newry to Dublin bus services | Newry Times

Kimmins seeks reinstatement of Newry to Dublin bus services - Newry Times - county down newspaper

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has told the Assembly’s Infrastructure committee that hourly bus services from Newry to Dublin should be reinstated.     The Newry and Armagh MLA stated, “In 2019 there was an hourly bus service from Newry to Dublin and Dublin Airport.     “Currently, Translink’s 2021-2022 timetable only has services from […]

Newry MLA Welcomes SDLP Taxi Action Plan | Newry Times

Newry MLA Welcomes SDLP Taxi Action Plan - Newry Times - newry news today

Newry SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has welcomed the announcement of a Taxi Action Plan from SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon to benefit taxi drivers.      SDLP Minister Mallon has announced a number of new steps to support the taxi industry as they rebuild following the Covid-19 pandemic.     Among the proposals are plans […]

Firmus price hike ‘another blow for struggling families’ – Newry MLA | Newry Times

Firmus price hike 'another blow for struggling families' - Newry MLA - Newry Times - newry news today

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has said the 35% gas tariffs price increase by Firmus energy is the latest blow to those struggling financially.      It comes after a string of price increases locally for utilities including electricity and gas.      The price rise will initially only affect the Ten Towns Network of Antrim, […]

Taxi Action Plan to ‘provide further support’ for the industry | Newry Times

Taxi Action Plan 'to provide further support' for the industry - Newry Times - newry news facebook

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced that she plans to take steps to introduce new support measures to assist the taxi industry as they rebuild following the Covid restrictions.     Minister Mallon’s Taxi Action Plan includes proposals to wipe DVA fees for new taxi drivers in 2021/22.     The proposals also include a […]

Newry MLA hits out at DUP Leader | Newry Times

Newry MLA hits out at DUP Leader - Newry Times - newry news

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has described Jeffrey Donaldson’s threats to bring down our institutions as “reckless irresponsibility motivated by toxic self-interest”.     The Newry and Armagh Assembly Member commented, “People across the North are sick and tired of being held to ransom by self-interested political parties that put their own narrow agendas above the […]

Ministers hail positive impact of good relations projects | Newry Times

Ministers hail positive impact of good relations projects - Newry Times - newry news facebook

The Executive’s commitment towards the delivery of good relations projects in 2021/22 is another key step towards building a united and shared society, Ministers have said.     First Minister Paul Givan and Education Minister Michelle McIlveen were speaking in Limavady during a visit to a T:BUC Camp being delivered by Roe Valley Residents Association.  […]

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