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£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 […]

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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 […]

Climate Community Government Stormont Upper Bann

Commencement of Waringstown Improvement Scheme Welcomed by DUP

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart and local Councillor Mark Baxter have welcomed the start to a DAERA funded environmental improvement scheme in Waringstown. The work has started this week and will be completed by the summer. Carla Lockhart said: “This is a very good day for Waringstown, with the much anticipated environmental improvement scheme now […]

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Irwin ‘deep concern’ After Net Zero 2050 Vote

Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has said he is shocked that 50 MLA’s voted to amend the Climate Change No2 Bill to a new target of net zero emissions by 2050. The DAERA committee member, who voted against such a move, said the decision was reckless and would cause immense and costly […]

Climate Newry South Down

McKevitt Welcomes Completion of £160,000 Flood Alleviation Scheme for Newry

SDLP councillor Karen McKevitt has welcomed the completion of a £160,000 flood alleviation scheme for Newry. This £160,000 scheme at Greenan Road involved culverting a 40-metre section of open watercourse, upgrading 120 metres of existing culverted watercourse and the construction of a new culvert inlet structure. Councillor McKevitt said: “The completion of this vital work […]

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McKevitt Encourages Council to Avail of E-Charging Funding

SDLP councillor Karen McKevitt has encouraged Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to apply for funding to facilitate e-charging infrastructure.   Funding is available from the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV) for local councils to provide charge points for residents without off-street parking through the On-street Residential Charge Point Scheme (ORCS).   SDLP Infrastructure […]

Climate Community Lurgan Upper Bann

Plan Needed to Maximise Lough Neagh Potential- O’Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has called for a partnership approach to the development of Lough Neagh so that it can reach its full potential as Ireland’s largest freshwater Lough. The Upper Bann MLA said: “Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater Lough in Ireland and supplies the north with 40% of its drinking water. “There isn’t enough being done […]


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 […]

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 Politics

Northern Ireland Joins Global Climate Action Network

Edwin Poots MLA, Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, says Northern Ireland joining the Under2 Coalition and signing up to the new Memorandum of Understanding is a significant step in the region’s climate change journey and will help to drive forward climate action. The Minister made the comments following his participation in an event at […]