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Northern Ireland Coronavirus Restrictions

The Executive has agreed to introduce a two week circuit breaker to slow the spread of Coronavirus in the community and protect the health service. The new restrictions will cover two weeks from November 27 until December 11.


Read the statement from the Executive here


Hourglass Northern Ireland welcomes progress in the Domestic Abuse Bill

Hourglass Northern Ireland welcomes the announcement that the long awaited Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill has passed the Consideration Stage. As Minister of Justice Naomi Long notes, there is no singular type of victim of abuse and although we are particularly grateful to Emma Rogan for highlighting our work in the debate last night, the simple fact is that older people have been overlooked in these discussions and indeed in their protections for far too long.


Hourglass NI launches

Hourglass NI launches at a time of real change for the voluntary and charitable sector in Northern Ireland. There had been no devolved government in Northern Ireland since January 2017 because the two majority parties DUP and Sinn Féin couldn’t come to a power-sharing agreement. This uncertainty had plagued the third sector economy and left our only point of contact the NI civil service. An agreement was finally reached in mid-January 2020 – but the uncertainty remains and the legislature now needs to urgently catch up. 

Hourglass welcomes news that Sinn Féin and the DUP have re-entered devolved government in Northern Ireland

We at Hourglass welcome the news that Sinn Féin and the DUP have re-entered devolved government in Northern Ireland after three years of deadlock - all parties can now start delivering the much-needed reforms to our public services and restore public confidence in devolved government.