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“Toxic” tone threatens Council strike action

August 13, 2018 

Newry Mourne and Down District Council workers will be balloted on potential industrial action after employees belonging to the four main trade unions called an emergency meeting last week amid claims of a “toxic atmosphere” between management and staff over what unions say is an ongoing failure to address a range of issues since the old Newry and Mourne Council merged with Down Council in 2014. Read more

Local mum launches quirky Irish language t-shirt range

August 13, 2018 

A Mullaghbawn mum of seven month old twins has managed to juggle the demands of new motherhood (multiplied by two!) to launch her own quirky and unique Irish language t-shirt range – which is already appealing to a global market.  Read more

Condemnation at internment bonfire bearing offensive slogans

August 13, 2018 

Politicians have been united in their condemnation of those responsible for an anti-internment  bonfire in Newry which featured a sign mocking prominent loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer and the IRA killing of his late father, UDR member Bertie Frazer. Read more

Stop and search zone plans spark fears of hard border after Brexit

August 13, 2018 

Any proposals to introduce stop and search procedures for people crossing the border in the wake of Brexit will be vehemently opposed, nationalist politicians have insisted.  The warning came as it emerged that  proposed new legislation which is currently working its way through Westminster contains controversial powers which mean any member of the public could be stopped, searched and detained within a mile-wide strip of the border. Read more

NIAS apologise for delayed ambulance response to Forkhill accident

August 13, 2018 

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service has apologised to a Forkhill man who waited for two and a half hours at the roadside for an ambulance to arrive after a bike accident left him unconscious and bleeding. Read more

Volunteers sought for Newtownhamilton’s First Responders Scheme

August 13, 2018 

Newtownhamilton is set to benefit from a vital lifeline in the form of a First Responder Group to assist the ambulance service.  The project, which emulates the Community and District First Responder Scheme which has been so successful since its inception in Crossmaglen three years ago, will see volunteers trained to offer assistance in certain medical emergencies, bridging the gap between an incident and the arrival of the ambulance service.  Read more

Victims of conflict urged to attend special consultation session

August 13, 2018 

The Commission for Victims and Survivors is hosting a special consultation session in Newry this week to hear from people from South Down and Armagh who have been affected by the conflict. Read more

‘Ellen’s Walk’ generates £13k boost for fundraising campaign

August 6, 2018 

In an unprecedented show of community support and generosity, more than 2,000 people took to the streets of Bessbrook on Friday evening for a fundraising charity walk in aid of three-year-old Ellen Treanor, who is battling a rare and aggressive childhood cancer.  Read more

Newry mum calls for more support for young carers – “our forgotten heroes”

August 6, 2018 

A Newry mum and her 10 year old son have sought to highlight the need for increased support for young carers in the north by sharing the story of their own struggle with the demands of a household caring for children with a disability. Read more

Lunar eclipse yoga session kickstarts defib fundraising campaign

August 6, 2018 

 Plans to have a life-saving defibrillator device to service the remote communities of Anamar and Kiltybane are a step closer thanks to the efforts of a young businesswoman from the area who has embarked on a fundraising initiative to purchase the equipment. Read more

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