Category archives for: Politics

Terrorist and paramilitary-related offences added to the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme

People found guilty of crimes linked to terrorism, paramilitarism and organised crime groups could see their sentences reconsidered under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.  From 1 August, almost 100 additional offences linked to terrorism, organised crime and paramilitarism will be included in the scheme. Article continues below The changes follow a review and public consultation […]

Newry MLA raises concerns over benefit processing times

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has raised concerns about the length of time it is taking to process the Maternity Allowance Benefit by the Department of Communities. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “Whilst assisting some constituents recently I became aware of the current backlog in processing the Maternity Allowance […]

Newry MLA “fears politics is becoming more polarised”

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty MLA has expressed his fear that politics in the North is becoming ‘deeply polarised’ and is “on the brink of something akin to civil war”. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “Our politics here has been stuck in a rut for over two years now with […]

Local MLA expresses serious concerns at planned Fire Services cuts

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan has raised serious concerns at planned cuts to fire and rescue services here. He was commenting after the service announced plans to cut crews in a number of areas including Armagh to deal with budgetary pressures. Article continues below “It is deeply concerning that service crews in […]

‘Hard reality will soon dawn on Boris Johnston’ – Newry MLA

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has said that the new British Prime Minister will soon have to confront the reality that the Brexit impasse “will not be resolved with a bullish ****-a-hoop attitude”. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, ‘This week we witnessed the changing of the guard of the Tory […]

New domestic abuse offence to be introduced in Northern Ireland

A new domestic abuse offence for Northern Ireland is included in the Home Office Domestic Abuse Bill, which was introduced in the House of Commons this week. This will ensure that further protection is provided for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, reflecting the policy intent that was previously agreed by the Northern Ireland Executive […]

Northern Ireland population increases by just under 11,000 people

The Northern Ireland population at 30 June 2018 was estimated to be 1.882 million, an annual increase of 10,800 people (0.6%) on the 2017 estimate. This is one of the findings of the annual statistics published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).     The annual increase is driven by both natural […]

Brady welcomes additional breast services meeting in Newry

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has welcomed the move by the Department of Health to hold an additional public consultation meeting in Newry next month on the future of breast services. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MP said, “I welcome the decision from the Department of Health to add an extra date […]

Newry MP welcomes investigation into PIP welfare benefits

Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has welcomed the formal announcement that the Public Services Ombudsman is to begin an investigation into the administration of the welfare benefit PIP. “For too long there has been serious public concern expressed about many aspects of PIP but particular concern has been highlighted about the way in which […]

Brady challenges Irish government over ‘legacy failures’

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has challenged the Irish government over its failures to deal with the legacy of the conflict and lack of proper investigations into the killing of Seamus Ludlow and the attack on Kay’s Tavern in Dundalk. The Newry and Armagh MP said, “At a meeting of the Oireachtas committee on the […]

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