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Environment

Judges quash Lough Neagh dredging verdict

A decision not to order an immediate halt to the unauthorised extraction of up to two million tonnes of sand a year from Lough Neagh is to be quashed, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Crime
Digger moves in to clear the former Clendinnings factory

‘People power’ led to action on Clendinnings

Diggers have moved in to clear a major anti-social hotspot after years of turmoil.

Crime
Protest at Craigavon Civic Centre over Dingwell Park in Lurgan

NIHE offers to meet residents living in the shadow of Dingwell flats

The NIHE has offered to meet Taghnevan residents after a litany of serious complaints about Dingwell flats in Lurgan.

Crime
The Small Blue Butterfly discovered in Co Fermanagh

Rare butterfly previously feared extinct discovered in Northern Ireland

A surveyor from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency has discovered a rare butterfly previously thought to be extinct in the province.

Offbeat

Calls for ‘dangerous’ barrier in Aghagallon to be removed

A near miss at what has been described as a ‘dangerous’ chicane in Aghagallon has sparked a large protest by locals.

Environment
Wood pellets

RHI list: Officials withhold 48 claimants’ names

Although the vast majority of the names of non-domestic RHI claimants have been released, details of some major claimants have been withheld – with little explanation as to the reasons for each decision.

Environment
Wood pellets

IN FULL: Non-domestic RHI claimant list

The Department for the Economy has today published the full list of individuals and companies who have received more than £5,000 under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

Business
Barn owl (c) Margaret Holland

Volunteers needed to transform the fortunes of barn owls

Wildlife lovers are being urged to help safeguard one of Northern Ireland’s most endangered birds, by getting involved in Ulster Wildlife’s annual survey of barn owls this summer.

Environment
Children of St Patricks in Magheralin.

Travelling classroom rolls into St Patrick’s Primary School

The travelling Water NI Waterbus, recently paid a visit to St. Patrick’s Primary School in Magheralin.

Environment
Bannfoot Road, Derrytrasna

Resurfacing Bannfoot Road is welcomed

A north Armagh road, which has become ‘atrocious’ with a collapsed verge, is to be resurfaced.

Environment
Pictures: Sun shines on a bumper Balmoral Show

Pictures: Sun shines on a bumper Balmoral Show

Have you been to the Balmoral Show yet?

Environment
Confusion over bin collections clarified by council

Confusion over bin collections clarified by council

Rules clarifying the collection of bins have been clarified by the local council after a disparity arose due to the merger.

Environment
Driest April in 35 years; dullest in 20 years

Driest April in 35 years; dullest in 20 years

The Armagh Observatory has reported that April 2017 was much drier than average, and slightly warmer and much duller.

Offbeat
LUrgan Park

Play park ban under new dog control order

A new Council Order banning dogs from children’s play parks is to be implemented from June.

Crime
Aghagallon sign appears in Derrymacash

Confusion as Derrymacash becomes Aghagallon

Locals in a County Armagh village have been irked to find it has been renamed by the local council.

Environment
Roundabout Four at Rushmere

Wildlife concern at Rushmere

Concerns that nesting birds and wildlife may have been affected by shrub and tree clearance at a Craigavon roundabout has been voiced by local residents.

Environment
Pippa Mitchell, Fusion Heating Ltd; Matthew McGaffin, McGaffin Mechanical Ltd; Michelle Coleman, Firmus Energy Advisor; and Joe Maxwell

Firms attend briefing with Firmus Energy

Gas installers from Moira, Craigavon and Lurgan attended a recent briefing at Dunsilly Hotel and heard of all the opportunities available to them from Firmus Energy.

Environment
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Eco-Schools were delighted to host a Teachers Conference at Stranmillis University College focusing on the importance of Outdoor Learning. During the event they were thrilled to award Eco-Teacher of the Year to Mr Coleman, St Francis Primary School, Lurgan. Pictured with the St Francis Eco-Committee who nominated their teacher are L-R: Dr Sue Christie, Vice Chair Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful; Mr Coleman, St Francis Primary; and Dr Ian Humphreys, CEO Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Go to the top of the ‘eco-class’, Mr Coleman, say St Francis pupils

Teachers from all over Northern Ireland recently gathered to find out about the benefits of Outdoor Learning with one Lurgan teacher coming away with a very special award!

News
Receiving the award from past winner Kevin Dodds is Aaron Furphy (left) of Boyce Engineering.

Magheralin company awarded three-star status in IEA scheme

Magheralin-based Boyce Engineering has achieved a significant award in a prestigious recognition scheme.

News
Bann Foot at Derrytrasna

Opposition to Bannfoot footbridge

Residents in the Derryinver and Charlestown village are ‘extremely strongly’ opposed to a bridge at the Bannfoot.

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