Northern Ireland News for August 2022

Northern Ireland News, Aug 18, 2022
DUP's 'Cruel Boycott' Of Executive Punishing Workers And Families
The DUP has been accused of continuing a "cruel boycott" of the Executive, which is punishing workers and families struggling to pay their bills. Responding to news that gas prices will rise by 30% i...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 18, 2022
Rising Inflation Leaving People Nowhere To Turn – SDLP
The rising rate of inflation, which has now reached 10.1% according to the Office for National Statistics, is leaving people with nowhere to turn in the absence of an Executive or intervention from We...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 18, 2022
Education Minister Congratulates Students Receiving Exam Results
Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has offered her congratulations to all students receiving their A level and AS level exam results today. The Minister acknowledged the significant challenges face...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 18, 2022
Young People Encouraged To Access Free Impartial Careers Advice
Young people receiving their results, and their parents/carers, are being encouraged to make use of the impartial advice and guidance offered by the Department for the Economy's Careers Service. With...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 18, 2022
Appeal For Two Boys Missing In Portrush Area
The PSNI have issued an appeal for information on the whereabouts of two you boys believed to be in the Portrush area. 12-year-old Kai Mitchell from the Carrickfergus area, and 15-year-old Tommy Scor...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 18, 2022
Time To 'Supercharge' Town Centre Regeneration
It is time to "supercharge" town centre regeneration and capture the opportunities of a green economy, Alliance Environment spokesperson John Blair MLA has said. The South Antrim MLA said focusing in...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 18, 2022
Sunak And Truss Urged To Ensure Energy Payment Made In NI
The UUP has called on Tory leadership contenders, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, to commit to ensuring the energy bills support scheme will be delivered in Northern Ireland at the same time that it is del...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 17, 2022
UUP Urge Tory Leadership Contenders To Prioritise Protocol
UUP Leader Doug Beattie has called on Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss to make dealing the Northern Ireland Protocol a top priority. Speaking as the Tory leadership contenders visit NI, Mr Beattie said: "Wi...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 17, 2022
Urgent Action Needed On 'Crisis' In GP Services
Sinn Féin has called for urgent action to address the "crisis" in GP services across Northern Ireland. The party's health spokesperson Colm Gildernew made the call following a meeting with GP represe...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 17, 2022
Alliance Calls For Reintroduction Of MOT Temporary Exemption Certificates
Alliance has called on the Department for Infrastructure to bring back use of temporary exemption certificates (TECs) to cope with the current backlog of MOT tests currently plaguing the system. Moto...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 17, 2022
Two Arrested In Connection With Drug Seizures
Two people have been arrested following a vehicle stop and search in Dunmurray. Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Organised Crime Branch arrested two people following the stop ...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 17, 2022
SDLP Continues To Call For Help For People Struggling With Costs
SDLP MLAs will meet with fuel poverty charity National Energy Action, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Equality Commission and the General Medical Council on the same day that the Rishi Sunak a...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 17, 2022
Two Major New Developments Approved In Belfast
Two major new developments in Belfast have been approved by Belfast City Council's Planning Committee. These include plans for a 256-bed hotel/apart hotel in the Titanic Quarter and a 15-storey resid...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 17, 2022
Swann Welcomes 'Infected Blood' Payment Scheme
Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed a decision from the UK Government to issue interim payments of £100,000 to those infected and/or affected by contaminated blood. The interim payments will be ...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 17, 2022
Hargey Welcomes Omagh Town Centre Regeneration Scheme
A major regeneration scheme to support the competitiveness and vibrancy of Omagh town centre has been welcomed by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey. The Minister visited the Strule Urban Garden and...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 17, 2022
Workplus Launches Latest Apprenticeship Campaign
Workplus has announced its latest 'My Head Start' campaign, encouraging employers to embrace apprenticeships as a way to attract and mould new talent. The campaign aims to inspire society to see the ...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 17, 2022
Other News In Brief
Homelessness Exacerbated By Lack Of Executive – Alliance Homelessness is being exacerbated across NI due to a lack of an Executive, Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 16, 2022
Celebrations Mark 100 Years Of The Mourne Wall
Celebrations have got underway to mark the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Mourne Wall. Locals gathered at the Silent Valley reservoir in the Mournes for the 'Party in the Park', enjoying ...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 16, 2022
Woman Arrested In Terrorism Investigation
Detectives from the Terrorism Investigation Unit have arrested a 42-year-old woman in West Belfast as part of an investigation into activities linked to a dissident republican terrorist group. The wo...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 16, 2022
DUP To Hold Treasury To Delivering Energy Payments
The Treasury is best positioned to deliver energy payments for households in NI, Economy Minister and DUP East Antrim MLA, Gordon Lyons, has said. Speaking after a meeting with Chancellor Nadhim Zaha...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 16, 2022
L'Derry Bonfire Scenes 'Disgraceful' – SF
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has branded scenes from bonfires in L'Derry on Monday night as 'disgraceful', calling for an end to displays of hate. The party's policing spokesperson said: "Scenes from bo...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 16, 2022
UUP Questions Feile an Phobail Over 'Pro-IRA' Chanting
The Ulster Unionist Party has called on the organisers of Feile an Phobail to "answer questions" over pro-IRA chanting by festival crowd. Making the call, Alderman Sonia Copeland said: "The scenes of...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 16, 2022
Urgent Solution Needed For Distributing Energy Payments
Sinn Féin MLA and Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has said that she is concerned that a solution has yet to be found to get the £400 energy payments out the door and into people's pockets. The co...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 16, 2022
Alliance Welcomes New 'Dual-Strain' Vaccine
Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has welcomed the approval in the UK of Moderna's 'dual-strain' vaccine, which works both against the original variant of the Coronavirus and also against th...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 16, 2022
easyJet Launches New Glasgow Flights From Belfast City Airport
easyJet has announced a new route from Belfast City airport to Glasgow, with seats on sale from today from just £22.99. Flights will launch from 31 October 2022 with departures on Mondays, Thursdays...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 16, 2022
SDLP Calls For Overhaul Of Maternity Benefits
The SDLP has called for an overhaul of the provision of maternity benefits available in Northern Ireland. Communities Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has raised specific concerns around the different poli...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 16, 2022
Other News In Brief
New Castlewellan To Newcastle Path Completed A new £345,000 combined footpath and cycleway along the A50 Newcastle Road from Castlewellan towards Newcastle has been completed. The upgraded ...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 15, 2022
Two Women Seriously Injured In Killyleagh Hit-And-Run
Two women, aged in their 50s, are being treated in hospital for serious injuries after being struck by a car in a hit-and-run incident in Killyleagh, County Down. The incident occurred at around 8.30...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 15, 2022
Noah Donohoe: Use Of Public Interest Immunity Certificate 'Shameful'
The PSNI and British government's use of a Public Interest Immunity certificate to conceal information on the death of Noah Donohoe has been declared 'shameful' by Sinn Féin MP John Finucane. Speakin...
Northern Ireland News, Aug 15, 2022
Stormont Institutions In Need Of 'Urgent Reform'
Marking one hundred days since May's Assembly election Alliance has said that the Stormont institutions are in need of "urgent reform". Making the call, Andrew Muir said: "Unless we do something soon...