16/04/2018

Other News In Brief

Farmer Convicted In Newry

A farmer has been convicted of one charge of transporting an animal that was not fit for the journey and one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a bovine animal at Newry Court.

Mr Francis Toner, Slatequarry Road, Cullyhana, was fined £750 and received a conditional discharge for 12 months plus £15 offenders levy.

Radius Housing Partners With Barclays To Tackle Housing Shortages

A social housing provider in Northern Ireland and Barclays have announced a deal that will see £50 million of funds being used to to help with housing shortages in areas of high demand in Northern Ireland.

The partnership working will provide the boost for both the housing and construction sector and will provide 800 homes for those in housing need by 2020.

SDLP Social Justice Spokesperson, Nichola Mallon MLA, said: "Whilst these funds are a welcome investment into the creation of social housing new builds, these funds alone do not provide cause enough to celebrate.
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"As long as 40,000 families continue to sit on the social housing waiting list, we cannot allow ourselves to become contented with solely relying upon these types of funding methods whilst 39,200 families wait hopelessly on a place to call home.

"Instead what we need is a robust 20-year Housing Strategy led by a Minister that can channel funding consistently and considerately into tackling housing shortages on a mass scale."

Call For International cooperation To Deliver Peace Strategy In Syria

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA has said that what is required is international cooperation to deliver a strategy for peace in Syria, not ill thought out airstrikes.

He said: "Airstrikes and military intervention have not and will not help to solve the ongoing issues in Syria. Parliament should have been recalled and consulted before the British Government pressed ahead with military action in Syria. Any foreign policy should be set by and consulted upon by the entire Parliament, not through a solo run by Theresa May or dictated by any US President.

"The violence and bloodshed that is happening in Syria is horrific. Any military intervention threatens to escalate the conflict even further."

(CD)




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