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Agriculture Community Constituency Government Lurgan Upper Bann Westminster

World Sheepdog Trials Comes to NI

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has said the hosting of the World Sheepdog Trials at Gill Hall this September will bring huge benefits for local tourism and hospitality providers, with over 50,000 people expected to attend. This week the DUP MP hosted a meeting between some of the organisers and DAERA Minister, Edwin Poots MLA. […]

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Agriculture Community Government Lurgan Upper Bann Westminster

Lockhart Presses DEFRA for Farm Support

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has written to the DEFRA Secretary of State, George Eustice, to press for Government to take immediate and significant steps to help support primary producers at this time of economic pressures on farms. As DUP Spokesperson on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at Westminster, Mrs Lockhart said: “Farmers across Northern […]

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Agriculture Armagh Climate Community Election 2022 Newry South Armagh

Executive Department for Energy and Climate Change Would Help Fight Against Climate Crisis, says Coade

The best way to fight the climate crisis locally is to create an Executive Department for Energy and Climate Change, Alliance Newry and Armagh Assembly candidate Jackie Coade has said. Jackie said the move, one of Alliance’s priorities around the issue of climate change contained in the party’s upcoming Assembly election manifesto, would ensure the […]

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Agriculture Business Community Government Stormont

£1million Rural Business Development Grant Aid Fund Open

A scheme to help rural micro businesses to sustain, develop and recover from the Covid 19 pandemic will open on the 4 May 2022. The Rural Business Development Grant Scheme is funded through the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme, and will be delivered in partnership […]

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Agriculture Armagh Crime

Farmer Sentenced at Armagh Court

Mr Philip Thomas Gordon, (26), Clay Road, Keady, Armagh was sentenced at Armagh Magistrates’ Court today, 4 April 2022 of one charge of failure to comply with a notice to isolate tuberculosis reactors. Mr Gordon was fined £500 plus £15 offender levy. The case arose following a cattle identification inspection carried out by officers from […]

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Agriculture Community Council Government NMD Council South Armagh

Magennis Calls for Red Diesel Changes to be Reversed

Sinn Féin Councillor Oonagh Magennis has called on the British government to reverse the changes to red diesel entitlements which come into force.   The Slieve Gullion Councillor said: “The British government needs to reverse its decision to end the red diesel rebate. “These changes will hit businesses in construction, quarrying and manufacturing which are already […]

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Agriculture Community Government Lurgan Upper Bann Westminster

Lockhart Welcomes Poots Support for Agricultural Shows

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has commended Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA for providing £200,000 of support for local agricultural shows. The Minister announced the “Bounce Back” funding to help shows recover from the impact of the pandemic. Carla Lockhart said: “I have been working alongside representatives of local agricultural shows to press home the […]

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Agriculture Government Lurgan Politics Upper Bann Westminster

Government Pressure Regarding Red Diesel Taxation – Lockhart

DUP MP Carla Lockhart has been leading the charge in Westminster with regards to the proposed change in red diesel rebate for industries such as construction, haulage, waste and generator powered businesses.  She had engaged cross party support for her campaign and has been supported by many of the leading industry federations.  1st April is […]

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Agriculture Community Government Newry South Armagh South Down Stormont

Minister Celebrates Success of His Rural Development Programme Across Newry, Mourne and Down

Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MLA, has attended an event at Killeavy Castle in Newry to celebrate Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership’s success in delivering his Department’s Rural Development ‘LEADER’ Programme.  In total, 76 projects across the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area received funding, with 14 community facilities developed or refurbished […]

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Agriculture Armagh Crime

Farmer Convicted at Armagh Court

Mr William Robert Gordon McNiece (57), Crossdall Road, Middletown, Armagh was convicted at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on 7 March 2022 of one charge of transporting an animal that was not fit for the journey. Mr McNiece pleaded guilty and was fined £200 plus £15 offender levy. The case arose when a DAERA Official Veterinary (OV) […]