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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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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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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) […]

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Partial Climb Down on Use of Red Diesel Welcomed – Lockhart

DUP Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has welcomed a partial climb down by the Government on the use of Red Diesel in tractors following clarity from the Government concerning agriculture shows, ploughing matches, cutting verges and hedges, clearing snow, gritting and clearing or otherwise dealing with flooding.  Ms Lockhart has been working on this issue […]

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Agriculture Climate Community Government Stormont

£2.9million Funding For Environmental Projects

Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA has announced £2.9million funding for the delivery of 22 environmental projects across Northern Ireland during an oral statement to the NI Assembly. The Environment Fund for 2022 / 2023 will enable the not-for-profit organisations and councils to deliver key environmental projects that will focus on habitat restoration; species monitoring; enhancement […]

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Sheep Farms Neglected in Agriculture Proposals – Magennis

Sinn Féin Councillor, Oonagh Magennis has said that sheep farms, particularly those in ANC areas, will be severely impacted if the Agriculture Minister does not change his future agriculture policy proposals. The Slieve Gullion councillor said:   “When the Single Farm Payment system came in, sheep farmers in LFA/ANC areas historically had entitlement values below the regional […]

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Magennis Says Treasury Inaction on Red Diesel Shameful

Sinn Féin Councillor, Oonagh Magennis has said it is ‘shameful’ that the British Treasury has refused the request from Declan McAleer MLA to meet the agriculture committee to discuss concerns around restricting red diesel fuel entitlement. The Slieve Gullion councillor said:   “I was shocked and disappointed that the treasury refused to meet the agriculture committee […]

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Rescuing Lives From the Skies

Almost £500,000 has been given to two search and rescue groups that played a vital role in controlling last year’s devastating fire on the Mourne Mountains. Mourne Mountain Rescue received £212,000 and Skywatch NI received £284,000 from the new £2million Covid Scheme announced by Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots. The scheme will help nine of […]

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Minister Poots’ Proposals Could Devastate Small Farms and Rural Planning – Magennis

Sinn Féin Councillor Oonagh Magennis, has said that small farmers must have their voices heard as Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots brings forward plans for a future agriculture policy. The Slieve Gullion Councillor said: “Farmers have been waiting anxiously to find out what policies the Minister plans to put in place in the wake of Brexit […]

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Standing Up For Farmers – Dodds

Upper Bann DUP MLA Diane Dodds today stood alongside farmers and representatives of the agri food sector as they made their views known to MLAs ahead of the climate change debate at Stormont. Speaking on the Bill and the changes sought by SF, The Alliance party and others Mrs Dodds said, “Climate change legislation should […]