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Plan to improve outcomes in cases of serious sexual assault published

Justice Minister Naomi Long has welcomed the publication of an Implementation Plan to deliver improvements identified in the Gillen Review into the Law and Procedures in Serious Sexual Offences.   Embed from Getty Images   The Implementation Plan was developed with key partners, including PSNI, PPS (The Public Prosecution Service), the Office of the Lord […]

Free public transport for those fleeing domestic abuse announced

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon and Justice Minister Naomi Long have announced that free public transport travel will be available from today for those fleeing domestic abuse. Embed from Getty Images This will be available in cases where refuge or emergency accommodation has been arranged through the 24hr Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline, the Northern Ireland […]

British government “must come clean on Brexit port shambles” – Local MP

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has challenged the British government to live up to its legal obligation to fully implement the Irish Protocol. He also challenged them to “urgently clarify their approach” to enhancing checking facilities at local ports. The Brexit spokesperson met with British Government Minister Robin Walker this week.     He reiterated […]

Newry MLA welcomes mesh implants review

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Sinn Fein MLA Liz Kimmins has welcomed the Cumberledge review into mesh implants. Speaking after the publication of the ‘First Do No Harm’, report the Newry and Armagh MLA told Newry Times, “The ‘First Do No Harm’ report is a testimony to the courage and determination of women harmed by mesh implant surgery to hold […]

£800,000 environment funding launched

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Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA has announced an £800,000 Environmental Challenge Fund Competition, to support environmental projects across Northern Ireland. The Fund is available for not-for-profit organisations and councils to deliver key environmental priorities across Northern Ireland.     It is envisaged that the majority of grant awards will be between £20,000 and £50,000 and […]

Ennis welcomes commitment to advance Narrow Water Bridge project

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Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has welcomed a commitment from the Minister for Infrastructure to advance the Narrow Water Bridge project following a written question. Speaking to Newry Times, the South Down MLA said, “The Narrow Water Bridge project was a commitment in the New Decade, New Approach deal.     “I am pleased to […]

£33m funding for zero-emissions maritime research project welcomed

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has welcomed the UK Government announcement of £33.1million funding for a local maritime project to design and build zero-emissions ferries in Belfast. Embed from Getty Images   Led by Artemis Technologies Ltd, the ‘Decarbonisation of Maritime Transportation – a Return to Commercial Sailing’ project is one of seven projects to receive […]

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill coming into effect in NI welcomed

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has welcomed the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill coming into effect in Northern Ireland. The Bill makes permanent and temporary changes to Insolvency and Company law in Northern Ireland to help companies manage the financial and practical difficulties of Covid-19.     Speaking to Newry Times, the Minister said, “The pandemic […]

Alliance Party backs motion to delay development of new Newry Civic Centre

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Group leader of the Alliance Party on Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Patrick Brown, has publicly stated their plans to back a motion by Independent Newry Councillor Gavin Malone to halt development of a new Civic Centre in Newry for the remainder of the Council term. Speaking about the motion Councillor Brown told Newry Times, […]

Swann announces appointment of Interim Mental Health Champion

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Professor Siobhán O’Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University, has accepted the role of interim Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland. Professor O’Neill is one of Northern Ireland’s leading experts in the field of mental health and is known for her active and passionate involvement in suicide prevention.     Making the announcement, […]

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