Northern Ireland News for October 2021

Northern Ireland News, Oct 19, 2021
Autumn And Winter Covid Contingency Plan Published
The Northern Ireland Executive has produced their Autumn and Winter Covid contingency plan, which encourages people to continue to make "safer choices". The plan states that the goal of keeping the b...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 19, 2021
Body Discovered At Flat In Magherafelt
The PSNI have issued an appeal for information following the discovery of a man's body in Magherafelt, Co L'Derry. Police have launched a murder investigation after the body was found in a downstairs...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 19, 2021
New Cancer Care Unit Opened At Ulster Hospital
A new £3m Cancer Care Unit at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald has been officially opened by Health Minister Robin Swann. The new Macmillan Unit at the Ulster Hospital site was a partnership between ...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 19, 2021
Dennis Hutchings Dies At Mater Hospital
Dennis Hutchings, the ex-soldier who had been on trial over a fatal shooting in County Tyrone in 1974, has died at the Mater Hospital in Belfast. Mr Hutchings (80) – who was from Cornwall and an ex-m...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 19, 2021
Post-Lockdown Recruitment Boom Continuing
A post-lockdown recruitment boom is continuing with a wide range of well paid, skilled roles on offer according to the latest 'NI Jobs Report with Ulster Bank'. The report examines the latest recruit...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 19, 2021
Slieve Gullion Forest Park Wins Prestigious Award
Slieve Gullion Forest Park in County Armagh has won a prestigious award in recognition of how the forest benefits those who walk its trails and use the excellent facilities. The Royal Forestry Societ...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 19, 2021
Community And Voluntary Groups Urged To Apply For Grants Scheme
Community and voluntary groups are being encouraged to apply for the Rural Micro Capital Grants Scheme (RMCGS) by Environment Minister Edwin Poots. Minister Poots visited Annahilt Playgroup, a volunt...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 18, 2021
Final Week To Apply For Spend Local Card
The High Street Voucher scheme will close for applications on Monday 25 October. Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has encouraged those who have yet to apply for their Spend Local card to do so as soon a...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 18, 2021
New Intermediate Rent Proposed To Increase Housing Options
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has proposed a new affordable rent model in an effort to increase affordable housing options. A public consultation on the proposal looks at the introduction of In...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 18, 2021
Swann Praises Ongoing Vaccine Uptake
Northern Ireland's Health Minister Robin Swann has hailed the importance of localised initiatives to further improve the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination uptake. A push to offer vaccinations in rural are...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 18, 2021
Ministers Express Shock And Sympathy Following Death Of MP
Ministers have expressed their shock and sympathy following the death of Conservative MP Sir David Amess. Sir David (69) was stabbed to death when he was attacked during a constituency surgery, a reg...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 18, 2021
Two Men Arrested In Connection With Significant Drug Seizure
A 39-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences and a quantity of suspected Class B drugs recovered during a vehicle stop in the Ballymena area. During a number of follow-u...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 18, 2021
New Church Officially Opens At Magilligan Prison
A new House of Worship has been officially opened at Magilligan Prison by Justice Minister Naomi Long. Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rev Dr David Bruce, Rev Dr Sahr Yambasu, President of the M...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 18, 2021
Highly Criticised Countryside Planning Advice Note Withdrawn
The Department for Infrastructure has announced the withdrawal of a highly contentious Planning Advice Note (PAN) over its "confusion and uncertainty". The Department has withdrawn the 'Implementatio...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 18, 2021
Other News In Brief
New City Hall Sculpture Reflects On Infant Loss Belfast Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl has unveiled a new sculpture at City Hall created by artist Kelly Morris reflecting on infant loss. The speci...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 15, 2021
Major Support Package Announced For General Practice In NI
Up to £5.5 million is to be made available to support general practice in Northern Ireland over the challenging winter period, Health Minister Robin Swann. £3.8m has been committed to support additio...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 15, 2021
Warning Issued After Reports Of Scams Across NI
The PSNI have issued a warning following a number of reports of scams from across NI. According to police, the scams involve a text or WhatsApp from a person claiming to be a family member, and have ...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 15, 2021
£1b Peace Plus Programme Approved
A £1 billion Peace Plus Programme has been approved by the North South Ministerial Council. Welcoming the approval Finance Minister, Conor Murphy, said: "The £1 billion Peace Plus Programme will prov...
Business News, Oct 15, 2021
City Of London Connection To Boost Investment And Innovation
Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Kate Nicholl has welcomed Policy Chair of the City of London Corporation, Catherine McGuinness to the city, to help harness the full potential of the region's growing Fin...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 15, 2021
Ministers Host Meeting To Discuss Redress For Abuse Victims And Survivors
The First and deputy First Ministers have hosted a roundtable meeting to discuss the needs of victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse. Paul Givan and Michelle O'Neill met with represe...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 15, 2021
#OneWeeThing Campaign Launched To Address Climate Change
People across Belfast are being urged to do #OneWeeThing to help tackle climate change, as the city's First Citizen, Lord Mayor Councillor Kate Nicholl, launches a new campaign to raise awareness of t...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 15, 2021
Dogs Invaluable In Fight Against Drugs In Prisons - Long
Search dogs play an invaluable role in the fight against drugs and contraband in NI's prisons. In the past three years search dogs have sniffed out significant finds of cannabis and cocaine, pregabli...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 15, 2021
Latest EU Discussions 'Useful And Honest'
DUP Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has described his latest meetng with EU Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic as "useful and honest". Following the virtual discussion, Sir Jeffrey said: "We had a...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 15, 2021
Justice Minster Will Do 'All She Can' For Those Affected By Domestic Abuse
Justice Minster Naomi Long has said that she will do all that she can to "support and continue to deliver for those affected by domestic abuse". The Minister made the commitment after hearing direct...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 15, 2021
Poots Fails To Attend NSC Meeting On The Environment
A North-South Ministerial Council meeting on the environment has been unable to proceed after the DUP Environment Minister Edwin Poots failed to show up. Speaking after the meeting was supposed to be...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 15, 2021
Other News In Brief
Finance Minister Urges Chief Secretary Fo 'Good Outcome' To Spending Review Finance Minister, Conor Murphy has met the Chief Secretary in London ahead of the upcoming Spending Review, which w...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 14, 2021
Police Given More Time To Question Man Over Knockloughrim Death
Police have been granted more time to question a man over the death of a woman in Knockloughrim, Co L'Derry. A woman died in hospital after being found in a burning car outside a house on Quarry Road...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 14, 2021
New Nine-Screen Cinema Announced For Former Debenhams Store
The Omniplex Cinema Group is set to create a new nine-screen cinema in the former Debenhams store in CastleCourt. Omniplex is one of two new "anchor tenants" that are set to take over the 80,000sq ft...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 14, 2021
Eviction Protection For Social Housing Tenants Extended
Social housing tenants will not face eviction if they are in rent arrear because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced. A voluntary agreement was put in place at...
Northern Ireland News, Oct 14, 2021
People Urged To Continue To Make 'Safe Choices' Around Covid Protection
As Coronavirus restrictions ease further people are being urged to keep following public health guidance and making safer choices to protect themselves and others. A series of relaxations will begin ...