Agriculture Armagh Community

Planting for the Planet!

The Southern Trust has launched their tree planting programme at St Luke’s Hospital in Armagh. Over 6,000 native trees including Birch, Hazel, Mountain Ash and Oak trees will be planted at the site over the coming months and is part of a programme to plant thousands more across Trust facilities. Speaking at the launch Catherine […]


Minister Poots Launches Carbon Initiative on Dairy Farms

A new initiative to help tackle carbon emissions within the dairy sector has been launched by Agriculture and Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA. The voluntary programme of carbon benchmarks on Business Development Group (BDG) dairy farms will start in 2022.  Minister Poots said: “I am delighted to announce that a dairy carbon audits programme has been […]


Poots Announces £12m Scheme for Farmers

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has announced that Tier 2 of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme – Capital (FBIS-C) will open for applications on 10 January 2022. The funding for farmers and growers will provide transformational investment in on-farm projects costing in excess of £30,000. Speaking at the RUAS Winter Fair, Minister Poots said: “I am […]

Agriculture Banbridge Community

Lockhart Meets Utility Regulator to Discuss Energy Prices

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has met with Utility Regulator Chief Executive John French to discuss ongoing increases in energy costs, and what support can be offered to customers struggling to meet the rising prices. Carla Lockhart said: “Over recent months we have witnessed a sharp rise in the cost of energy, both for domestic […]

Agriculture Crime Newry

Newry Man Convicted For Waste and Pollution Offences

A confiscation order totaling £177,123.53 has been granted by Newry Crown Court on 3rd December 2021 against Mr. James Morgan (38) of Benagh Road, Newry, County Down, for keeping and disposing controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution and without a license contrary to the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997. […]

Agriculture Community

It’s Access All Areas Thanks to Poots

Ensuring our natural environment is fully accessible to everyone is vital work to build equality and an inclusive society, says Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA. Introducing a new video, launched on International Day of People with Disabilities, the Minister said it highlights the projects his department is working on to introduce new facilities to connect more people […]

Agriculture Community Politics

Executive Climate Change Department Could See Northern Ireland Lead The Way

An Executive Department for Climate Change could see Northern Ireland lead the way with targets to combat the climate crisis, Alliance Climate Change spokesperson Eóin Tennyson has said. A recent report by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee suggested a climate change commissioner to scrutinise the Executive. However, Eóin said a specific […]

Agriculture Armagh

Over £360K Funding Boost for Two Rural Armagh Communities

Two rural communities in County Armagh have benefited from more than £360,000 grant funding from the Basic Services Scheme of the NI Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – funded by Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and European Union (EU), and delivered by Southern Organisation for Action in Rural Areas (SOAR ABC). SOAR ABC […]

Agriculture Lurgan Politics

Kelly Welcomes Announcements of All-Island Green Projects

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has welcomed an announcement from Taoiseach Micheál Martin on major all-island green projects. Speaking at the Shared Island Forum, Mr Martin announced plans for joint North-South projects including new all-island greenway routes, a network of EV charging points and plans for hydrogen buses and lorries. SDLP Upper Bann Mrs […]

Agriculture Crime South Armagh

South Armagh Farmer Sentenced Following Animal Welfare Investigation

Mr John Thomas (Sean T) Murphy (64), Carnally Road, Carnally, Newry was convicted at Newry Magistrates’ Court today on one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to animals, one charge of leaving animals unattended, one charge of failing to comply with a duty imposed under animal welfare regulations, one charge of failing to isolate an animal with […]