Agriculture Community Constituency Council Government Newry and Armagh NMD Council South Armagh

Magennis Encourages Farmers to Register for Soil Nutrient Health Scheme

Sinn Féin Councillor, Oonagh Magennis, has urged farmers across South Armagh to register for the new Soil Nutrient scheme before the 31st August deadline. The Slieve Gullion Councillor said: “South Armagh and the wider area are included in zone 1 of this scheme, the first area to be covered. “Participation in the scheme will enable […]

Agriculture Community Constituency Downpatrick Government South Down Stormont

Patrick Brown Engages with DAERA on Quoile River

Patrick Brown MLA last week met with DAERA officials to discuss next steps in responding to concerns raised by a new steering group, Clean up the Quoile. The group is a partnership between local anglers, politicians and Finnebrogue Artisan foods, aiming to bring stakeholders together to restore the Quoile River. Mr Brown said: ‘I am […]

Agriculture Climate Community Constituency Government Newcastle South Down Stormont

£4million Investment to Boost 47 Environmental Projects

Environment Minister Edwin Poots has announced that 28 organisations are set to benefit from £4million to help deliver key environmental projects. The Minister said that thanks to his department’s Environment Fund, 47 projects including nature-rich trails, coastline protection and restoration of peatlands will now go head. He made the announcement during a visit to Mourne […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Community Council Government Lurgan NMD Council

Tannaghmore Farm Welcomes BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson

Even the rain didn’t dampen spirits down at Tannaghmore Rare Breeds Animal Farm as the team welcomed Countryfile favourite and son of Rare Breed’s Survival Trust founder, Adam Henson for a special tour. Owned and maintained by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough (ABC) Council, the farm is the only Rare Breed’s Survival Trust (RBST) […]

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 […]

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 […]