Post Date : Mon 22 Aug 2016 08:26 AM

 Loss of EU funding could have negative impact on cancer research - Anderson 

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the loss of EU funding could have a disastrous impact on cancer research.  

Ms Anderson said;  

"I visited Queen\'s University this week to meet staff to discuss the potential impact of Brexit and it is clear that there is great deal of concern. 

"The global research initiatives at Queens have benefitted from EU funds which have supported excellent research projects.  

"During the visit I was shown a piece of medical equipment, developed at Queens, which is assisting in reducing rates of secondary surgery following breast cancer. 

"Such vital research could be jeopardised by any loss of key EU research funding. 

"It is not only the people of the North who would lose out if funding for cancer research projects is lost but cancer patients all across the world.  

"The people of the North voted to the remain in the EU and the British government should respect and recognise that." 

Post Date : Mon 22 Aug 2016 08:21 AM

 A delegation of Sinn Féin representatives joined workers from Glen Dimplex on Thursday during their strike action outside the company’s Newry plant.

Staff were striking after pay negotiations with management collapsed. 

Newry MLA Conor Murphy, MP Mickey Brady and Councillor Valerie Harte joined workers on the picket line. 

Mr Murphy said it was the company’s duty to engage with its workers. 

“We have spoken to the staff here on the picket line and it’s quite clear that they do not want to be striking today; they have been forced into this position by management’s refusal to engage meaningfully with them,” he said.

“These are very dedicated workers; people who have been loyal employees of the company for decades, some of them with 30 or 40 plus years of service; they are not the type of people who would make a decision like this flippantly. 

“They’re not asking for anything beyond what will allow the staff to keep up with the cost of living.  Their demands are completely reasonable and I think, given the years of loyal service and experience they have here, the company has a duty to engage in proper negotiations with the workers and their representatives.”

MP Mickey Brady said negotiating was not only the appropriate thing to do but the right thing to do. 

“We’ve been talking to the staff a lot today and as well as a sense of anger at the intransigence of management there is a very genuine sense of hurt that a company they have worked for for so long could dismiss their very modest requests so thoughtlessly,” he said. 

“Their demands are not unreasonable and in this case in particular, given the years of service, I would say engaging with the staff and their representatives is not only the appropriate thing for Glen Dimplex to do but the right thing, indeed the decent thing.”

Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 11:05 AM

 TRAVERS - (nee O\'Hare) (Rathfriland) - 18th August 2016, Rose R.I.P. Peacefully at Ardmaine Nursing Home, Newry.

Beloved wife of the late Terry and loving mother of Breige, Suzanna, Sean, Terence and Patrick.

Her remains will be removed from her daughter Breige\'s residence 57 Lissize Avenue, Rathfriland on Friday at 6.45pm, arriving at St Mary\'s Church, Rathfriland for 7.00pm. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 12.00noon. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

St Martin pray for her.

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister Bridie McAlinden, nephews, nieces and entire family circle.


Family Flowers only. Donations in lieu of flowers if desired to Newry Hospice c/o Peter McGinn Funeral Director, 41 Leitrim Road, Hilltown

Service Date & Time

20 August 2016, 12 Noon

Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 11:03 AM

 Turley ( Ballyholland, Newry ) died 17th August 2016 suddenly at R.V.H. Belfast, Patrick James ( Seamus ) R.I.P. beloved husband of the late Sana and much loved father of Desy, Benny, Martin,Derrick, Colin and the late Gerald. Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. His remains will leave his home 33 Innisfree Park on Saturday 20th at 11:00am for 12:00 noon funeral Mass in Sts patrick & Colman\'s Cathedral. Interment afterwards in St Mary\'s cemetery. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing sons, brother Francie, sisters MarySusan, EmmaRose and Annie, grandchildren, great grandchildren, daughters in law, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, family circle and friends.


Service Date & Time

20 August 2016, 12 Noon

Service Location

Cathedral of Ss Patrick and Colman, Newry, Co. Down

Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 11:01 AM

Williams (Downpatrick) Nee Mc Grady

Maura R.I.P.
Died 18th August 2016 peacefully in the Downe Hospital.
Dearly beloved wife of the late David and much loved mother to David, Marian, Noel, Danny and the late Michael, Joseph and John.

Funeral from her late residence 33 St Dillons Avenue, Downpatrick on Saturday 20th August 2016 at 9.30am for 10.00 am Requiem Mass in St Patricks Church Downpatrick. Interment afterwards in St Patricks cemetery Killough Road.

Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing daughter, sons, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchild. Her dear sister Vera, brother Leo and entire family circle.

Sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul.

All enquires Seamus Fitzsimons Funeral Directors 028 4461 2563

Service Date & Time

20 August 2016, 10.00AM

Service Location


St Patrick\'s Downpatrick, Downpatrick, Co. Down


Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 08:33 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín said tonight the party would welcome and co-operate fully with any inquiry into the events surrounding the contact between Jamie Bryson and Daithi McKay. 

The Sinn Féin Chief Whip said:

“Sinn Féin would welcome an inquiry into these issues. 

“Sinn Féin will co-operate fully with any inquiry and I am totally confident that any examination of the facts will confirm that Sinn Féin had absolutely no knowledge of, or involvement in, these events.” 

Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 08:26 AM

 Paul Maskey MP praised the staff of a local pharmacy in the Andersonstown area, who foiled an attempted robbery at the shop.  

"This evening a man with knife demanded cash and drugs from the pharmacy but staff foiled the raid and police have arrested a man at the scene. 

“Two members of staff were injured during the robbery but staff raised the alarm and police were on site within minutes and took a man into custody. 

"The quick actions of the staff prevented the robbery and I commend them for that. 

"People should be free to go about their work and businesses and should be able to trade without this type of activity." 

Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 08:21 AM

 Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann met with the Justice Minister today to ask for a review of the current legislation that governs scramblers and quads.


Speaking after the meeting the West Belfast MLA said:


"Following the recent tragic death of a woman knocked down by a scrambler bike we have a series of meetings with the PSNI and other agencies to review the current legislation and how robustly it is enforced.


"Today Community Safety Worker for the Colin area Michael George and myself met with the Justice Minister and asked her to review the current legislation and to bring forward the necessary amendments to strengthen areas like registration and marking and identification of these vehicles.


"We also asked her to ensure that the PSNI will enforce the powers they have to seize these machines.


"All agencies need to work together to ensure that these vehicles are not used in any public places.” 

Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 08:18 AM

 Independent Newry City Councillor Kevin McAteer has commended Glen Electric workers as they took to the picket line in a day of strike action over pay. 

Speaking on the issue the Independent Councillor stated:

“I want to commend the workers of Glen Electric for taking a stand in this pay dispute. We can’t ignore the fact that 93% of SIPTU members in the factory voted in favour of strike action and we must respect that democratic process.

There have been extensive talks as of late between workers and management, however as no agreement could be reached members voted overwhelmingly to strike and they should be commended for that.

However what has worried me is the behaviour of management as I have been told by workers that management have been extremely disrespectful towards the strike and have also threatened to phone the police during the strike itself.

I hope that a peaceful solution can be found soon.”

Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 08:00 AM

 The fifth Annual Pride in Newry Festival is under starter’s orders with a week of events beginning Sunday 27th August and culminating in the Pride In Newry Parade and Concert on Saturday 3rd September!

This year’s Pride in Newry Parade begins at 2pm at McClelland Park - and with the involvement of more local community groups and businesses than ever, together with lgb&t organisations from throughout Ireland, a massive Pride Flag and lots of colourful floats it promises to be spectacular!

Please see attached poster and detailed list of all events and activities in the week leading up to the Pride In Newry parade and free outdoor concert - headlined by the brilliant Boyband Union J!