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Finance Minister Conor Murphy calls for more financial control

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The Finance Minister has called on the British Government to give the Executive greater control of its finances.     Responding to the British Secretary of State’s call for the Executive to “take greater responsibility for its finances” Conor Murphy said, “The British Government recently abandoned its commitment to a three-year budget which would have […]

Support package to be brought forward for taxi, private bus and coach sectors

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A bespoke package to provide financial assistance to the taxi, private bus and coach sectors will be brought forward, Ministers have announced.     The First Minister and deputy First Minister have conferred the necessary powers on the Infrastructure Minister to administer the schemes, which will be developed urgently.     The funding package will […]

“Not too late to take action to secure and protect cross border data flows” – Dodds

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has encouraged businesses across Northern Ireland who receive personal data transfers from the EU to prepare for the end of the transition period.     A recent survey by the Department for the Economy of local businesses who receive data from the EU showed that 66% advised that EU data was […]

Local MLA Sinead Ennis welcomes support for artists

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Sinn Féin MLA Sinead Ennis has welcomed financial support for over 1,000 artists as a support scheme is rolled out today by Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín.      The Sinn Féin Culture, Arts and Sport spokesperson said, “Today over 1,000 artists in the arts, heritage, culture and language sector received financial support to assist […]

Broadband a ‘necessary utility’, says Newry Councillor Roisin Mulgrew

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Newry Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has highlighted ‘frustrations’ in accessing broadband.   Embed from Getty Images   The Newry City Sinn Féin Councillor said that broadband was “an essential utility for households”.     “It is a poor reflection on the state that basic utilities like broadband are still out of reach for rural dwellers and […]

Changes to examinations and qualifications announced to support pupil progress

Education Minister Peter Weir has announced decisions on proposals for changes to the awarding of qualifications during 2020/21.   Embed from Getty Images   The focus of these changes is to protect and support our pupils in their progress towards future study and employment.   The changes include a reduction in the number of exams that […]

Justice Minister welcomes extension of jury trials to courts across NI

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Justice Minister Naomi Long has welcomed the extension of jury trials to other court venues across Northern Ireland.       A total of six courthouses are accommodating trials, which are taking place in the Laganside courts complex in Belfast, in Antrim, Craigavon, Newry, Coleraine and Dungannon courthouses. Laganside, which in August became the first […]

Mallon announces new legislation to exempt vehicles of historic interest from MOT testing

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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced that changes to legislation to exempt private vehicles of historic interest from annual MOT testing come into effect from 12 October.     The change applies to private vehicles constructed or first registered more than 40 years ago and aligns Northern Ireland legislation with that in GB.     […]

Chief Inspector of Education Training Inspectorate appointed

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Education Minister Peter Weir has welcomed the appointment of Mrs Faustina Graham to the post of Chief Inspector of the Education Training Inspectorate (ETI) in the Department of Education, following an open recruitment competition.     Mrs Graham brings a wealth of experience to the post having previously held the position of Assistant Chief Inspector […]

Poots announces new Brucellosis protocol

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A new surveillance protocol for Brucellosis will benefit farmers and industry, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots, MLA, has said.     The revised surveillance protocol will help NI retain its Officially Brucellosis Free (OBF) status and will result in the cessation of routine testing for all herds that have had a Brucellosis test completed within the […]


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