On March 30th, the Southern Health & Social Care Trust (SHSCT) management threatening to ‘temporarily’ suspend A&E cover at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry. In the locality and among staff, this was viewed as the latest step in a longstanding agenda of downgrading the hospital.
Education Authority CEO Gavin Boyd threatened to impose charges of between £50 and £200 per child for transport to school. The imposition of charges from September 2017 would devastate low-income households. It’s another regressive stealth tax on working-class households. It is also an anti-rural policy affecting those living outside town […]
The introduction of ‘welfare reform’ will create uncertainty and hardship for many people living in Northern Ireland. There is already evidence of deaths, including suicides, as a result of benefits sanctions in England where welfare reform has already been implemented. 2,380 people died between 2011 and 2014 shortly after being […]
By Donal O’Cofaigh Rural communities across Northern Ireland face losing their local doctors’ surgery in the next few years. The problem is severe in the Portadown area but Fermanagh has been identified by the British Medical Association as being the most heavily hit of any part of the UK, with only […]
The RHI scandal will mean that, while little is done to help the 42% of people here who live in fuel poverty, Northern Ireland’s Ferrari showroom will be kept cosy at a profit using public funds for the next 20 years. In Arlene Foster’s own rural constituency of Fermanagh & […]
Northern Ireland’s education system is at the eye of the storm that is the public finance cuts contained in the Fresh Start Agreement. The cuts were introduced by Sinn Fein Education Minister John O’Dowd and are being seen through by the new DUP Education Minister Peter Weir. The already over […]
The Hands Off Our Libraries campaign is celebrating victory today after Minister for Communities Paul Givan announced that extra funds have been found to prevent cuts to opening hours at fourteen branches. The campaign organised a day of action on Saturday 25th June, supported by Unite the Union, which saw […]
by Mary Cahillane, INTO Executive (personal capacity) In December, Stormont Education Minister John O’Dowd announced the creation of a new scheme called Investing in the Teaching Workforce. The scheme allows for five hundred 55+-year-old teachers to retire on full pension and be replaced by new young teachers. A good news story, anyone […]