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RHI scandal: Foster denies official’s claim she delayed cost controls

One of Arlene Foster’s civil servants has claimed the introduction of RHI cost controls was delayed because of an instruction from Mrs Foster – but she has said that is wrong.

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Tyrone car breaker fined £15k on third waste offence conviction

A 51-year-old car breaker from south Tyrone has been £15,000 at Dungannon Crown Court for storing hundreds of vehicles on a site without a waste management licence.

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Wild swans grazing near Lough Beg

'Strict bio-security' measures needed after second 'bird flu' death at Lough Beg

A second wild swan has tested positive for the Avian flu strain H5N8' at Lough Beg, prompting calls for captive bird keepers to adhere to 'strict bio-security' measures to prevents its spread.

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Campaigner calls for planned A6 route to be abandoned on World Wetland’s Day

Campaigner calls for planned A6 route to be abandoned on World Wetland’s Day

A leading conservationist has refuted claims by the Department of Infrastructure (DfI) that its proposed route for an extension to the A6 is the best.

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Wood pellets used in boilers subsidised under the RHI scheme

Local Unionist MLAs with links to RHI scheme

In an effort to increase public confidence in politicians the UUP and DUP have released details of representatives with RHI links.

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Stephen Brimstone giving evidence at a Stormont committee before he resigned

DUP Spad ‘ripped off’ RHI scheme for his home

Arlene Foster’s former special adviser Stephen Brimstone removed a new wood pellet boiler from his new house in order to install a similar boiler to make himself eligible for the RHI scheme, it was alleged last night.

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DMAC sheds down after 10-year planning row

DMAC sheds down after 10-year planning row

A Coalisland-based engineering firm has finally removed two large sheds at the heart of a planning row that has spanned over 10 years.

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Mountains of sand removed from the bed of Lough Neagh

Planning Appeals Commission set Lough Neagh sand extraction hearing for March

The Planning Appeals Commission has set its informal hearing into the extraction of sand from the bed of Lough Neagh for March.

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The three animals are believed to have escaped nearby land

Tyrone firefighers rescue three bulls ‘stuck chest deep in boggy ground’

Three young Moneymore bulls had a lucky escape when fire fighters called to their rescue managed to remove them from chest-deep bog water.

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McGlone welcomes Killycoply road works

McGlone welcomes Killycoply road works

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has welcomed confirmation from Transport NI that a section of the Killycolpy Road is to be resurfaced in the near future.

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A buck stands with does in the late afternoon autumn sunlight. October 3, 2015: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Help stop ‘black market flesh dealers’ shooting deer in Clogher Valley

Police are appealing for help to stop the ‘illegal’ slaughter of deer with high powered rifles in the Clogher Valley area.

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Mountains of sand removed from the bed of Lough Neagh

Friends of the Earth appeal High Court ruling on Lough Neagh sand extraction

The environmental group that took Stormont to court over a decision not to stop sand extraction on Lough Neagh has appealed a High Court ruling that the former Environment Minister did nothing wrong.

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Environmentalists claim that sand dredging is damaging Lough Neagh

Friends of the Earth in new Lough Neagh dredging challenge

An environmental group is renewing its legal bid to force a halt to sand dredging from Lough Neagh, it has emerged.

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Agriculture undergoing 'tremendous change'

Tyrone to host ‘Young Farmers’

Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) is to host its second annual agri conference on Saturday, January 21, in Cookstown.

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Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard. (Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.)

Environmental Impact Assessment changes - have your say

A public consultation has been launched on proposed changes to environmental legislation in the planning process that could impact on future Tyrone proposals.

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LISTEN: Greencastle gold mine investor brands opposition comments ‘crackpot’

One of the investment firms funding Dalradian Gold’s Tyrone mine dreams, has apologised for a representative’s ‘crackpot’ comment regarding local opposition.

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Gold bars. Picture by Andrzej Barabasz. Wikimedia Creative Commons

Gold mine planning application ‘should be subject to an independent public inquiry’ says minister

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has said the application for a goldmine in Greencastle, Co Tyrone should be subject to a public inquiry.

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Whooper swans

Department says A6 work at Toome is 'in accordance with environmental commitments'

Concerns have been expressed that work linked to the construction of the proposed £160m dual carriageway between Toome and Castledawson have been carried out close to an area used by protected swans.

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Linen Green shop under water

Lough Neagh over metre above limit

An independent report on last winter’s floods has found that Lough Neagh was at its highest level since 1928, despite water levels being low prior to storms.

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