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. 

Post Date : Tue 21 Nov 2017 10:16 AM
18th November 2017, Pauline Patricia McGonigle passed away peacefully at her home, 19 Manse Road, Kilkeel. Pauline Patricia, dearly beloved wife of the late Tom, much loved mother of Maura and Morris, devoted grandmother of Mark, Aisling, Johnny and Lucy, dear great-grandmother of Eve, Romilly, Jasper and Lily.
Funeral Service on Tuesday at 2 pm in Christ Church, Kilkeel. 
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Cure Parkinsons Trust or The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, c/o Mrs. Maura Ward, 17 Manse Road, Kilkeel BT34 4BN

Will be greatly missed by all her family. 

Post Date : Tue 21 Nov 2017 10:14 AM
19th November 2017, Ita Rosalie McCracken passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Downe Hospital. Formerly of 'Greenhill Farm", 27 Ardnabannon Road, Castlewellan, Ida Rosalie, beloved wife of the late William, dearly loved mother of William and Elsie, mother-in-law to Elizabeth and Robert, much loved grandmother of Ruth and James.
House strictly private.
Funeral Service in Newcastle Presbyterian Church on Tuesday at 2 pm followed by a private family committal in Drumee Cemetery.
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Spiers Funeral Services, The School, Kilnhill Road, Castlewellan BT31 9TN for Chest, Heart and Stroke NI.

"Safe in the arms of Jesus." 

Post Date : Tue 21 Nov 2017 10:08 AM

20th November 2017, Samuel Nicholson passed away at Bannview Nursing Home. Samuel formerly of 46 Primrose Gardens, Banbridge and dearly loved son of the late John and Annie Nicholson and dear brother of Jean, Doreen and Anna. 

Funeral Strictly Private. 
No flowers or letters please. 
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing sisters and all the family circle.
Post Date : Tue 21 Nov 2017 10:06 AM

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following a report of an assault at a house in the Carrickateel Court area of Newry on Sunday 19th November. 

Detective Constable McKeever said “At approximately 11:25 am it was reported to police that a man in his 30s had been stabbed in the chest at a property and was then taken to hospital for his injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening at this time. Three men in their 40s have since been arrested in relation to the incident but have all been released on bail pending further enquiries. 
I would ask that anyone with information contact 101 quoting reference 575 of 19/11/17, or if they wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”