Northern Ireland News for November 2021

Northern Ireland News, Nov 26, 2021
Storm Arwen: Yellow Warning Issued For High Winds
A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued across Northern Ireland as the first named storm of the season, Storm Arwen, hits the UK. The Met Office has warned of very strong winds, with gusts ...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 26, 2021
People Urged To 'Paws For Thought' Before Buying A Puppy
People looking for a pet dog have been urged to "paws for thought" before making a purchase to make sure the seller is legitimate. Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Edwin Poots ...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 26, 2021
Young People Urged To Get Vaccinated This Weekend
Young people are being encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated this weekend when Trusts will be running clinics for the 12 to 17 age groups. Chief Medical Officer, Prof...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 26, 2021
Survivors Central To Tackling Violence Against Women And Girls
The voices and experiences of survivors must be central in the efforts to tackle violence against women and girls, the First Minister and deputy First Minister have said. Paul Givan and Michelle O'Ne...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 26, 2021
New Cross-Border Economic Growth Partnership Established
A new cross-border partnership established to foster economic growth between Belfast and Dublin, a key strategic route, has announced its inaugural political leadership team. The partnership and its ...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 26, 2021
Health Minister Urges People To Be 'Mouth Aware'
Health Minister Robin Swann has urged people to be "mouth aware" and check for signs of mouth cancer. Marking Mouth Cancer Awareness Month, Minister Swann visited Dunmurry Dental Practice, where he ...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 26, 2021
Education Minister Launches Series Of New NI100 Resources
A series of new resources, including 'A Time Capsule for 2021' and 'Life in the 1920's' curricular projects for schools, have been announced as part of the Department of Education's NI100 Education Pr...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 26, 2021
New Awards Scheme Announced For Use Of Irish Language In Businesses
A new awards scheme has been announced to promote the use and recognition of the Irish language in businesses by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey. The GRADAIM Awards are earned by organisations th...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 26, 2021
Infrastructure Minister Visits Shimna River Flood Alleviate Works
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has visited the site of a £5.1 million flood alleviation scheme for the Shimna River in Newcastle. The Minister was on site to meet the team taking forward this...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 26, 2021
Other News In Brief
£650,000 Fund To Provide Food And Heating Vouchers Belfast City Council has backed a Sinn Féin proposal to provide £650,000 fund to provide food and heating vouchers to support thousands of ...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 25, 2021
Stephen McKinney Jailed For Murder Of Lu Na McKinney
Stephen McKinney (45) has been sentenced to a minimum of 20 years imprisonment for the murder of his wife Lu Na McKinney. Welcoming the sentencing at Belfast Crown Court, Detective Superintendent Eam...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 25, 2021
New £23m Support Package Announced For NI's Social Care Sector
A new £23 million support package has been announced for the social care sector, enabling employers to offer improved rates of pay and attract more staff into the domiciliary care and care home workfo...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 25, 2021
Business Leaders Welcome Impact Of Spend Local Scheme
Business leaders across Northern Ireland have welcomed the "continued positive impact" of the Spend Local card scheme, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has said. The Minister said: "There is no doubt th...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 25, 2021
Two Men Arrested In Connection With Large Drug Seizure
Two men have been arrested in connection with a large drug seizure following two Paramilitary Crime Task Force operations. Officers seized large quantities of suspected class A drugs, worth an estima...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 25, 2021
PSNI Officers And Staff Sign White Ribbon Pledge
The PSNI has signed the White Ribbon pledge, as part of an international campaign to end violence against women and girls. Police officers and police staff have signed the pledge on White Ribbon Day ...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 25, 2021
Trauma Informed Practice Training For NI's School System
A new training programme focusing on raising awareness of trauma and its potential impacts on children has been announced at Fane Street Primary School. The training provides an opportunity for the e...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 25, 2021
Communities Minister Condemns Threats Made Against Contractors
Threats made against Housing Executive contractors, carrying out housebuilding projects in Rathcoole in Newtownabbey, have been condemned as "simply unacceptable". Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 25, 2021
DUP Supports Bill To Tackle Online Anonymity And Abuse
The DUP have backed a new Private Members Bill to tackle the issue of online anonymity and abuse. Brought to Pariliament by Conservative MP Siobhan Baillie, the Bill was supported by Upper Bann DUP M...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 25, 2021
New Community Park and Sports Zone Opens In Belfast
A new Community Park and Sports Zone has officially opened in Belfast by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey. The new facilities have been completed has transformed an area known locally as the Back ...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 25, 2021
Other News In Brief
Innovative 'Books And Boots' Programme Praised Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has praised Millisle Primary School for their innovative 'Books and Boots' programme, which rewards childr...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 24, 2021
DUP Question Labour Over Shadow Secretary's Comments On Union
The DUP has questioned if the opinion of the Shadow Secretary of State on advocating for the Union represents the views of the UK's Labour Party. Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart raised the issue after t...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 24, 2021
NI Faces Childcare Crisis That Could Impact Parent's Ability To Work
Northern Ireland could be facing a childcare crisis which would have a severe impact on parents' ability to work, the Employers for Childcare (EfC) charity has warned. Publishing its latest Northern ...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 24, 2021
Vaccines 'Absolutely Do' Reduce Covid-19 Transmission
Vaccines "absolutely do" reduce the transmission of the Covid-19 virus, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Heath Northern Ireland, Professor Ian Young has said. Highlighting the effectiven...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 24, 2021
People Reminded That Face Coverings Are Still Mandatory On Public Transport
People using public transport have been urged to continue to wear face coverings, which are still mandatory as part of efforts in place to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. Making the call...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 24, 2021
Lidl NI Reports Record Turnover Of More Than £345m
Lidl Northern Ireland has recorded a turnover of more than £345 million for the year March 2020 to February 2021, demonstrating "exponential business growth during a period of unprecedented challenges...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 24, 2021
Appeal For Information On Serious Assault In South Belfast
The PSNI have issued an appeal for information following a serious assault on a man in south Belfast. A man, aged in his 40s, is being treated in hospital after he was "brutally" assaulted inside a l...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 24, 2021
Ireland's Longest Zipline Unveiled At Colin Glen Forest Park
Ireland's longest zipline has been installed at Belfast's newest visitor attraction at Colin Glen Forest Park. River Rapid is a 700m zipline with a 100ft high take-off point, allowing visitors to enj...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 24, 2021
Fiscal Council Publishes Report On Executive's Budget Process
The Fiscal Council has published its first report providing an in-depth analysis of how the Executive's Budget process works. Welcoming the publication of the report, Finance Minister, Conor Murphy, ...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 24, 2021
Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce Report Published
The report of the Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce has been published by Communities Minister Deidre Hargey. The Taskforce, established by the Minister in May 2021, has made nine recommend...
Northern Ireland News, Nov 24, 2021
Other News In Brief
Lurgan's GCD Technologies Named UK App Agency of the Year Lurgan-based GCD Technologies has been named UK App Agency of the Year at the 2021 UK App Awards. The firm has continued it's suc...