Category archives for: Politics

Long introduces Legislation for a New Domestic Abuse Offence

Justice Minister Naomi Long MLA today introduced the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill 2020 to the Assembly.  The Bill will create a new domestic abuse offence for Northern Ireland which will capture patterns of controlling and coercive behaviour, as well as physical abuse, against a partner, former partner or family member.     The […]

Justice Minister announces changes to the AccessNI filtering scheme

Justice Minister, Naomi Long MLA has announced changes to the AccessNI scheme that will ensure only relevant and appropriate criminal record information will be disclosed on certificates. Speaking to Newry Times, Naomi Long said, “As the result of a ruling made by the Supreme Court in January 2019, I have removed a restriction in the […]

Green light for tougher driving penalties for mobile phone use

The Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon has announced her intention to legislate for higher penalty points and fines for drivers who use a handheld mobile phone when driving. The move from the Minister comes after a report produced by the Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch of the Department revealed that more than half of all […]

Government “must engage with devolved administrations” on EU negotiations

The Devolved Governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have issued a joint call for the UK Government to engage with them on negotiations with the EU. Following a recent meeting in London earlier, they called for UK Ministers to change their approach to the talks. Article continues below The Welsh Government’s Minister for European […]

Minister outlines commitment to supporting homeless young people

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has seen first-hand how her Department is supporting those experiencing homelessness. The Minister visited Belfast Foyer, a hostel for young people which is managed by the Simon Community.  Article continues below At the hostel residents are provided with emergency accommodation while also receiving advice and support. The Simon Community receives […]

Kearney highlights key Brexit challenges at Newry Chamber event

Junior Minister Declan Kearney has stressed there must be no barriers to trade and highlighted challenges facing businesses after Brexit. He was speaking at the ‘Building the Cross-Border Economy Post-Brexit’ conference organised by Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade and the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce. Article continues below Junior Minister Kearney said, “Within the Brexit […]

Newry Councillors appointed to Warrenpoint Harbour Authority Board

Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon has announced the appointment of three Newry, Mourne and Down District Councillors to the Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (WHA). The Board is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving Warrenpoint Port. Article continues below The Minister has appointed Councillor Karen McKevitt, Councillor Cathy Mason and Councillor Glyn Hanna.     Councillors […]

Byrne welcomes increase in renewable energy generation

SDLP Spokesperson on the Climate Crisis Councillor Pete Byrne has welcomed the publication of new figures that reveal an increase in renewable energy generation over the last 12 months. 43.7% of total energy consumption was generated from renewable sources. Article continues below Councillor Byrne said that the North should seek to become a world leader […]

Newry MP speaks at A1 public inquiry

Newry and Armagh MP Micky Brady attended the recent public inquiry into the upgrading of the A1. He voiced his “categorical support for delivering essential safety improvements to the dual carriageway”. Article continues below The Newry and Armagh MP said, “The tragic loss of life that has occurred every year on this road expose the […]

We must turn RHI recommendations into real action and reform – Murphy

Finance Minister Conor Murphy has today commented on the RHI Inquiry report which was commissioned by his predecessor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. Conor Murphy said, “I thank Sir Patrick Coghlin, Chair of the Inquiry, Dame Una O’Brien, Dr Keith MacLean and the wider Inquiry team for their dedication and professionalism. Article continues below “This report is […]


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