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Justice Minister announces changes to Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

Justice Minister Naomi Long MLA has announced the removal of the same household rule contained within the Northern Ireland Criminal injuries Compensation Scheme 2009. Embed from Getty Images   This change in the legislation allows access to the Scheme for victims of abuse and violent crime who were previously prevented from applying for criminal injuries […]

British government “must fulfil its Brexit commitments and legal obligations” – Hazzard

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has said that the British government cannot be allowed to renege on its legal commitments and obligations over Brexit and the protections contained in the Irish protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement. The Brexit spokesperson told Newry Times, “The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said the British government’s interpretation […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Health Minister launches Strategic Framework for rebuilding services

Northern Ireland faces a massive challenge rebuilding health and social care in the wake of the first Covid-19 wave, Health Minister Robin Swann has stated. Embed from Getty Images   This rebuilding process can secure better ways of delivering services, he said, but will require innovation, sustained investment and society-wide support. Services will not be […]

Environment Minister highlights dangers of pollution in waterways

Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA has reminded farmers, businesses and members of the public of the need to be extra careful to avoid pollution of local waterways. Following a number of recent pollution incidents, Minister Poots visited the Glenavy River in County Antrim and met with representatives of the local angling club to discuss their […]

‘NI Prison Service setting standards across the UK’ – Justice Minister

Justice Minister Naomi Long today welcomed the findings of two new reports on Hydebank Wood Secure College and Female Prison. The report on the young offender’s centre and Ash House, which houses women prisoners, was compiled by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate NI (CJINI) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP), the Regulation and Quality Improvement […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Cap on recruitment of English-domiciled students “unacceptable”

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“The imposition of a cap on the number of English-domiciled students that can attend Northern Ireland higher education providers in 2020/21 is unacceptable.” Embed from Getty Images   That is the message from Economy Minister Diane Dodds in response to the change being imposed on a UK-wide basis by the Department for Education in England. […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Tapering of furlough scheme “premature”

Finance Minister Conor Murphy has said the announcement from Chancellor Rishi Sunak that the British government’s tapering of the Job Retention Scheme is “premature given our circumstances”. Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Murphy said, “The economic priority during this public health crisis is to protect jobs and the effort that has gone into this to […]

Aoife Finnegan set to replace outgoing Sinn Fein Councillor

Sinn Féin has announced that Aoife Finnegan from Crossmaglen has been selected to replace Councillor Terry Hearty on Newry, Mourne and Down Council. Aoife is an experienced political activist that has participated in countless election campaigns, has assisted locally in the delivery of Sinn Féin projects and has been involved with media and social media […]

South Down MLA welcomes commencement of HIA payments

SDLP Executive Office Committee Chair, Colin McGrath MLA has welcomed the commencement of payments for survivors of historical abuse.  The South Down MLA told Newry Times, “I welcome that these payments have been commenced.   Article continues below: ___________________________________ Dear Newry Times reader, Newry Times has been providing the latest breaking news in Newry and […]

Agirculture Bill “must not disadvantage local agri-foods sector”

The Assembly’s Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee (AERA) has expressed its concern that the Agriculture Bill, which passed in the House of Commons this week, could have the potential to impact negatively on the agri-foods industry here. The Committee had initially voiced concern, in its February 2020 report on the bill, about the potential […]


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