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‘Universal Credit should be halted’ – Hazzard 

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has called for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be halted due to the failure of the Department of Communities to provide clarity on the protections for the most vulnerable.    The South Down MP said:   “Sinn Féin has always rigorously opposed the welfare cuts agenda, indeed it’s not […]

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Hazzard raises South Down Brexit fears with EU Leader

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP this week met with the European Parliament Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt MEP in Stormont on Wednesday afternoon and in Dáil Éireann in Dublin on Thursday.   The local MP used the opportunities to speak with Mr Verhofstadt on issues relating to the border; namely the harmful impact such an EU […]

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Sinn Féin meet local Ethnic Minority Support Group

Sinn Féin South Down MLA Sinead Ennis and Crotlieve Cllr Oksana McMahon met with Artur Kemiecik from Newry Mourne & Down’s Ethnic Minority Support Group. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues affecting our migrant population and those new nationals who have made Newry & Mourne their home. Speaking following the meeting Cllr […]

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Hazzard calls on Community to actively oppose Health Cuts

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has called for local people to “come out in unprecedented numbers” to this week’s health cuts consultation in Downpatrick. Mr Hazzard said: “The South Eastern Trust proposals are completely contrary to the transformation agenda set out by Michelle O’Neill as Minister for Health last year; with this in mind Sinn Féin are […]

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Rogan calls on SDLP to clarify stance on Stormont Talks

Sinn Féin MLA Emma Rogan has called on the SDLP’s Colin McGrath to make clear his party’s position on re-entering the Executive at Stormont following mixed messages in the media in recent weeks. Ms Rogan said: “Only a few weeks ago the SDLP’s new Deputy Leader Nichola Mallon stood beside Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams calling for […]

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Curriculum Sports Programme cut must be reversed – Ennis

Speaking after a meeting with the interim head of the civil service, Sinn Féin culture arts and sport spokesperson Sinéad Ennis MLA said: “I called for this cross-party meeting with the interim head of the civil service to express concern over the cut to the Curriculum Sports Programme and in an effort to protect this […]

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Ennis calls for sports development grant to be reinstated

Sinn Féin MLA Sinead Ennis has called on the Department for Education to reconsider their decision to close the sports development programme and reinstate the sports development grant. The party’s Culture Arts and Sport spokesperson was speaking after a recent study found that children as old as 12 are unable to run, jump, throw, catch […]

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Healthcare workers deserve better – Hazzard

South Down MP Chris Hazzard has met with staff and trade union representatives from the Royal College of Nursing and has pledged Sinn Féin’s ongoing support for nurses and public sector workers. Speaking after the meeting on Tuesday, the local MP said: “I was delighted to meet with staff and trade union representatives from the Royal […]

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