The local Community is sick of it and demands that those who enforce the law, the PSNI and the Garda work together to challenge those involved in the dangerous anti-social practice. I will raise my concerns with both Agencies.
Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has met Road's Service Department of Infrastructure Officers at Dromintee and Jonesborough to highlight the deterioration of roads in the area.
"There is still no permanent solution for the problem of nuclear waste and this issue will continue to increase as more of the planned nuclear plants are built. The British Government should do the responsible thing and phase out their use of nuclear power.”
“Yet, years on, the British government continues to refuse to honour their international obligations by blocking the implementation, and adequate resourcing, of the Stormont House Agreement legacy mechanisms needed to address the requirements of all victims and survivors."
“We have said clearly that the outcome of the talks must secure the implementation what was previously agreed, secure rights for people who are being denied them, and to get the institutions back working on genuine power sharing.”
Precious Life has sent a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Health (DoH) in Northern Ireland to question the legality of 13 abortions that were performed in Northern Ireland last year. Official Statistics released by the DoH today (Wednesday 24th Jan 2018) revealed that 13 “termination of pregnancies” were carried out in Northern Ireland in the year 2016/17. Precious Life says serious questions must be answered by the Department, and criminal investigations launched if the DoH is found to have broken the law.
Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth said, “The Department of Health claim 13 live pregnancies were ‘terminated for indications that are legally acceptable and medically approved in Northern Ireland.’"
Ms. Smyth explained, “The law in Northern Ireland protects babies before birth while permitting all necessary life-saving medical treatment for pregnant women. Killing an unborn child is a criminal offence, but a doctor would not be held liable in the rare cases when an unborn child dies as an unintentional side effect of the life-saving treatment administered to the mother.”
She added, “Even in England and Wales, with a population of over 56 million, only 16 abortions ‘to save the life of the mother’ have been performed in the past 10 years. Yet here in Northern Ireland, with a significantly smaller population, the DoH claims that in one year alone, 13 abortions were required!”
We have sent a Freedom of Information request to the DoH asking what were the life-threatening conditions of pregnant women that required NI Trusts to perform these 13 abortions. Could these conditions not have been treated without the loss of life of the child? Their statistics suggest that the Department of Health is either failing to provide adequate medical care to pregnant women in NI or breaking our laws on abortion.”
Bernadette Smyth concluded, “The Department of Health has serious questions to answer. If they are flouting the law by directly and intentionally terminating the life of unborn children, then they must be held accountable and if needed, criminal charges brought to bear.”
Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady along with his Sinn Féin MP colleagues Chris Hazzard MP and Francie Molloy MP have today met with the new British under-Secretary to the north of Ireland in London, to outline the British government’s responsibility to respect and implement outstanding agreements.
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Sinn Féin MPs Mickey Brady and Francie Molloy met with officials from the Swedish and Norwegian embassies in London today, to discuss the imminent Brexit complications for Ireland, and the case for Designated Special Status for the north of Ireland within the EU.
Commenting on news that Eason Stores in Newry and Craigavon are to be closed, Newry and Armagh MLA Conor Murphy said that the news was a huge blow for the staff involved.