Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 10:15 AM
20th November 2017, Margaret Veronica (Vera) Quinn passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Margaret Veronica (Vera), beloved wife of the late Frank and much-loved mother of Brian, Anne, Veronica, Francis, Maura and a loving grandmother and great grandmother. 
Funeral from her home, 30 Cullion Road, Mayobridge on Thursday at 11:00 am for 12 noon Requiem Mass in St Patrick's Church. 
Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if so desired, to Marie Curie nurses, c/o the Quinn family. 

Our Lady of Knock pray for her. 

Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 10:05 AM
Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady has observed PIP assessment procedures which he says reflects a Tory culture of ‘shame and punishment’ towards welfare recipients.
Micky Brady MP said:
“Fundamental flaws and a culture of demeaning claimants is appearing at the heart of the Personal Independence Payments (PIP) system.
“Through my work in recent weeks I have observed serious procedural problems that reflect a wider culture of shame and punishment with which the Tories treat welfare recipients.
“The forms involved are extremely and deliberately complex. In cases I have observed, some assessments are degrading and ridiculous in their nature.
“The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) of over 80 charities and organisations surveyed over 1700 PIP claimants and found that almost 90% of respondents described their assessment as ‘stressful’. 
 “Over 75% of respondents agreed that the stress and anxiety associated with their PIP assessment had made their condition worse.

“This is unacceptable, and Sinn Féin will be seeking a meeting with Capita in the time ahead to demand immediate changes to how PIP recipients are treated.” 

Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 09:58 AM
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Energy, Environment and Climate, Cathal Boylan MLA today welcomed the announcement by NI water that construction has started on their Solar Farm, which will power their water treatment plant.
The Newry and Armagh MLA commented:
“It is encouraging to see NI water take positive steps to decrease their carbon footprint and promote renewable energy. The use of solar energy is even more encouraging as more needs to be done to diversify our renewable energy portfolio in the North.
“The cost of renewable energy has dropped dramatically in the last few years, this together with the benefits of renewable energy will hopefully encourage NI water to look at installing Solar Farms in some of their other facilities.

“I would encourage more companies to invest in renewable energy, especially on the back of the Bonn climate change conference held in Germany last week. It threw into stark reality that we need more action and more ambition to tackle climate change.”  

Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 09:52 AM

Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan marking Road Safety Week 2017 has urged motorists to "speed down".

The MLA stated 
"I support the important message being highlighted this Road Safety Week, that being, "Slow down via #Speed down". 
It is a proven fact that speed kills".
The Sinn Féin elected representative explained 
"Pedestrian Survival rates show :
20MPH - 97.5%
30MPH - 80%
35MPH - 50%
40MPH - 10%
These statistics are good for thought for us all. I urge all to slow down and share the road to zero"
Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 09:47 AM

Newry, Mourne & Down Councillor Liz Kimmins has confirmed that concerns have been raised in relation to the time taken for an Ambulance to attend the scene of last night’s gas explosion incident in Barcroft Newry.

"There are reports that the Ambulance did not appear until nearly an hour after the Fire Service had arrived at the scene at Barcroft. By that time those injured had been taken to hospital. This has caused great concern as delays can have serious consequences"
said the local Sinn Féin Councillor.
Echoing his colleague’s concerns Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady stated
"I have contacted the Ambulance Service (NIAS) for their response to this worrying claim. Communities should not have to experience long and dangerous delays waiting for ambulances".
Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 09:41 AM
Conor Murphy MLA has described a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing St this morning as ‘very robust and frank’.
The delegation included Gerry Adams TD, Mary Lou McDonald TD, Michelle O’Neill MLA, Elisha McCallion MP and Conor Murphy MLA.
The Sinn Féin negotiator and Newry & Armagh MLA said:
“We told the British Prime Minister Theresa May this morning that her government must bear the greater responsibility for the failure to reach agreement on the restoration of the institutions.
“The provision of an Irish Language Act, Marriage Equality, a Bill of Rights and funding for legacy inquests are all British government obligations. 
“Progress is only possible if her government honours those commitments.
“We told Mrs May that direct rule is not an option and that she must look to the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement for the establishment of an intergovernmental conference involving the Irish and British governments.
“It has also emerged that the British government intend to include a statute of limitations ‘covering all troubles related incidents’ for British crown forces in a new section in their consultation on the Stormont House Agreement Bill. 
"Such a proposition is no part of the Stormont House Agreement and despite being involved for the last ten months in negotiations with British officials Sinn Féin was never informed of this intention.
“We understand the Irish government was not informed either until we brought it to their attention.
“We told Mrs May that this is an act of bad faith and is unacceptable”.
Concluding, Conor Murphy MLA said: 
“The crisis in the North’s political institutions arose almost one year ago because of the scandal in the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme and allegations of corruption from within the DUP about the DUP.
“It also has its roots in the failure of the British and Irish governments to honour their commitments under the terms of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements, and to ensure that the rights of citizens are respected.
“We also raised with the British Prime Minister the widespread concern on the island of Ireland about the impact of Brexit on our economies and communities. Brexit is the single biggest threat to our economies. 

"We challenged Mrs May to spell out how she believes a so-called seamless and frictionless border is possible. Sinn Féin believes this is only possible if the north is given a special status within the European Union.” 

Post Date : Tue 21 Nov 2017 10:30 AM
20th November 2017, John Hinchcliffe passed away peacefully at Dunlarg Care Home. John Arthur late of Ratarnet Collone, Armagh husband of the late Gladys and Elizabeth, dear father of Jennie, Paul, Dorothy and Sammy, father-in-law of Rhonda, Robert, Elizabeth and the late John, a devoted Granda and Great Granda and a dear brother of Jean, Raymond and the late Abbie.
Funeral from the home of his daughter Mrs Jennie Richardson, 9 Shanecracken Road, Markethill on Wednesday 22nd November at 2:00 pm to Mullabrack Parish Church for service followed by interment in the adjoining Churchyard.
Family flowers only please donations in lieu if desired for the Renal Unit Daisy Hill Hospital payable please to K G Cheevers and Son, Funeral Directors, 28 Dobbin Street, Armagh, BT61 7QQ.

Lovingly remembered by his sorrowing family and the entire family circle. 

Post Date : Tue 21 Nov 2017 10:26 AM

19th November 2017, Susan Cullen passed away peacefully in Greenpark Nursing Home surround by her loving family, formerly Primates Cottages R.I.P. Beloved wife of the late Frank and loving mother of George, Barry, Margaret and Gerard. 

Funeral on Wednesday from her son Barry's home, 30 Manor Hill, Milford BT60 3NF.
The cortege will walk from Primates Cottage at 10:30 am to arrive at St. Malachy's Church for 11 am Mass burial afterwards in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons, daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, son in law Felix, daughters in law Elísíh, Pat, Michelle, sister Cora, family circle and friends. 
Ar dheis Dé go raidh a hanam dilis.
Post Date : Tue 21 Nov 2017 10:21 AM

19th November 2017, Mary Kyle passed away peacefully at hospital, dearly-loved wife of Norman and much-loved mother of Denise. 

Funeral service in Charles Rourke & Sons funeral church, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6EH, on Thursday 23rd November at 2:00 pm, followed by interment in Kilmore Parish Churchyard. 
Very deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by her sorrowing family and friends.
Post Date : Tue 21 Nov 2017 10:19 AM
19th November 2017, Glennis Smyth passed away, dearly loved wife of the late John A. Smyth, 12 Kensington Avenue, Banbridge and devoted mum of Karen and Walter. 
Thanksgiving Service in Bannside Presbyterian Church on Thursday at 2 pm. Committal afterwards in the New Cemetery. 
No flowers please. Donations in lieu may be sent if desired to William Bell and Co. Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT32 3LR for Pancreatic Cancer U.K (Cheques made payable to William Bell and Co.) 

Lovingly remembered by Karen, Walter and the entire family circle.