Planning Appeals Commission set Lough Neagh sand extraction hearing for March

The Planning Appeals Commission has set its informal hearing into the extraction of sand from the bed of Lough Neagh for March.

The three animals are believed to have escaped nearby land

Tyrone firefighers rescue three bulls ‘stuck chest deep in boggy ground’

Three young Moneymore bulls had a lucky escape when fire fighters called to their rescue managed to remove them from chest-deep bog water.

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McGlone welcomes Killycoply road works

McGlone welcomes Killycoply road works

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has welcomed confirmation from Transport NI that a section of the Killycolpy Road is to be resurfaced in the near future.

A buck stands with does in the late afternoon autumn sunlight. October 3, 2015: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Help stop ‘black market flesh dealers’ shooting deer in Clogher Valley

Police are appealing for help to stop the ‘illegal’ slaughter of deer with high powered rifles in the Clogher Valley area.

Mountains of sand removed from the bed of Lough Neagh

Friends of the Earth appeal High Court ruling on Lough Neagh sand extraction

The environmental group that took Stormont to court over a decision not to stop sand extraction on Lough Neagh has appealed a High Court ruling that the former Environment Minister did nothing wrong.

Environmentalists claim that sand dredging is damaging Lough Neagh

Friends of the Earth in new Lough Neagh dredging challenge

An environmental group is renewing its legal bid to force a halt to sand dredging from Lough Neagh, it has emerged.

Agriculture undergoing 'tremendous change'

Tyrone to host ‘Young Farmers’

Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) is to host its second annual agri conference on Saturday, January 21, in Cookstown.

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard. (Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.)

Environmental Impact Assessment changes - have your say

A public consultation has been launched on proposed changes to environmental legislation in the planning process that could impact on future Tyrone proposals.

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LISTEN: Greencastle gold mine investor brands opposition comments ‘crackpot’

One of the investment firms funding Dalradian Gold’s Tyrone mine dreams, has apologised for a representative’s ‘crackpot’ comment regarding local opposition.

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Gold bars. Picture by Andrzej Barabasz. Wikimedia Creative Commons

Gold mine planning application ‘should be subject to an independent public inquiry’ says minister

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has said the application for a goldmine in Greencastle, Co Tyrone should be subject to a public inquiry.

Whooper swans

Department says A6 work at Toome is 'in accordance with environmental commitments'

Concerns have been expressed that work linked to the construction of the proposed £160m dual carriageway between Toome and Castledawson have been carried out close to an area used by protected swans.

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Linen Green shop under water

Lough Neagh over metre above limit

An independent report on last winter’s floods has found that Lough Neagh was at its highest level since 1928, despite water levels being low prior to storms.

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Court gavel

Magherafelt farmer convicted of water pollution over 1.1km

A Magherafelt farmer has been fined £650 over pollution that led to the growth of a brown fungus on the entire bed of the 1.1km of affected water and had the potential to poison or harm fish.

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The High Court, Belfast

Court victory for Save our Sperrins over information on 'handling of Dalradian planning applications'

Residents opposed to a gold mine in the Tyrone village of Greencastle are celebrating a High Court tribunal victory on the disclosure of information around Dalradian Gold's 2013 planning applications.
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Sand extracted from Lough Neagh

High Court decision on Lough Neagh sand extraction 'a major blow'

An environmental group that lodged a High Court bid to stop sand extraction has said a decision allowing it continue until an appeal is heard was 'a major blow to the environment'.

Dalradian Gold held a consultation at their Camcosy Road site

MLA calls for public inquiry on Greencastle gold mine

The Infrastructure Minister has been asked to hold a public inquiry into plans for a gold mine in Greencastle by party colleague and MLA for West Tyrone, Declan McAleer.


Tyrone business fined for water pollution 'harmful to fish'

A county Tyrone business has been fined £2,000 for polluting a water way with "suspended solids greater than 87 times the consented limit".

A number of buzzards have been killed.

Over 40 birds of prey illegally killed

Over 40 birds of prey have been illegally killed in Northern Ireland over the five years up to the start of 2015, a new report has found.

Friends of the Earth fail to halt sand dredging from Lough Neagh

UPDATE: Sand Traders and Shaftesbury Estate welcome court ruling on sand dredging

Lough Neagh Sand Traders and the Shaftesbury Estate have welcomed the fact that the court has recognised that they have acted lawfully and that they are following proper procedure.
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