Category archives for: Politics

Education Minister sets out key priorities

Every child deserves the best start in life and to be nurtured and supported to help them reach their full potential, Education Minister, Peter Weir has said. The Minister has outlined his key priorities during visits to two schools which will benefit from the School Enhancement Programme (SEP). Article continues below Riverside Special School in […]

Have your say in shaping DAERA’s Innovation Strategy

Enhancing support and encouraging innovation across the environment, agri-food, forestry, fisheries sectors and rural communities is the key aim of a draft Innovation Strategy, launched for consultation recently. The Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking your views on how the Department can stimulate and support innovation by businesses and organisations operating […]

‘Violence has no place in our society’ – Justice Minister Naomi Long

Justice Minister Naomi Long has called for an end to paramilitary-style attacks following a shooting incident in Belfast that has left a 39-year-old man with life-changing injuries. Naomi Long said, “Violent criminals have carried out a brutal attack on a member of our community, which has resulted in life-changing injuries. Article continues below “Violence has […]

Liz Kimmins selected as MLA for Newry and Armagh

Sinn Féin activists in Newry and Armagh have selected Councillor Liz Kimmins to replace Megan Fearon as MLA for Newry and Armagh via co-option. Speaking after being selected at a convention in Tí Chulainn, Liz Kimmins said, “I am honoured to have been selected to replace Megan Fearon as MLA in Newry and Armagh, following […]

Consultation launched on regulation of gambling in Northern Ireland

The Department for Communities (DfC) has launched a consultation on gambling law in Northern Ireland. The public and stakeholders are being consulted on the effectiveness of the current legislation. Article continues below The Department is also seeking to identify changes which should be included in any new gambling legislation.     Launching the consultation, Tracy […]

No good news as Stormont’s three-year absence takes toll on human rights

The absence of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive has left outstanding human rights issues to ‘drift indefinitely’, a new report by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission states. The report highlights a lack of progress on human rights in Northern Ireland in 2019. At the launch, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and […]

Two appointments announced to Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

The Department for Infrastructure has announced two appointments to the Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority. The Permanent Secretary has appointed David Gray to serve for a first term and Geraldine Donaghy to serve a second term on the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (WHA) Board. Article continues below The Board members have responsibility, under a series of […]

SDLP writes directly to health care workers across Northern Ireland

The SDLP has written an open letter to every healthcare worker in Northern Ireland. The letter, which addresses the current crisis in the health sector, thanks health service employees for the work, care and support they provide to patients across the North and in ensuring our underfunded healthcare system does not grind to a halt. […]

SDLP “unequivocally supports” 15-Acre Albert Basin Park

SDLP Newry and Armagh Westminster Candidate Pete Byrne has said that his party is fully behind proposals for a 15 Acre Albert Basin Park in Newry. Speaking to Newry Times, Byrne said, “I am keen to assure the people of Newry and those behind the campaign for a 15 Acre Albert Basin Park that we […]

Launch of Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week

The Department for Economy has officially launched the first Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week which will take place from 3 to 7 February 2020. Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week 2020 is a new initiative in Northern Ireland and offers an opportunity through a dedicated week of events and promotional activity to demonstrate how apprenticeships work for individuals, […]

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