NI's derelict sites to receive funds
Published: Monday, 27 January 2014
Just over £600k is being allocated to the task of tackling decayed, derelict sites across the region by the Department of the Environment.
Residents protest over Casement plan
Published: Saturday, 25 January 2014
Residents opposed to the scale of the redevelopment of Casement Park in west Belfast have staged a protest against the plans.
Volunteer open day at scenic gardens
Published: Friday, 24 January 2014
As a £6m restoration project for the house and gardens at Mount Stewart reaches its halfway stage, the National Trust is launching an open day to find volunteers to help complete the revamp.
New Lagan footbridge designs unveiled
Published: Thursday, 23 January 2014
Nine designs for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the river Lagan are being put on display for the public later.
Illegal waste being returned to ROI
Published: Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Thousands of tonnes of waste illegally deposited in Co Fermanagh is being returned to the Republic of Ireland, the Department of Environment has confirmed.
New £5.5m leisure facilities in Portadown
Published: Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Planning approval for new and redeveloped leisure facilities in Portadown, Co Armagh have been approved by the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.
Man fined over tyres at Belfast bonfire
Published: Tuesday, 21 January 2014
A man has been fined for unauthorised waste activities after a lorry stopped beside a bonfire in north Belfast and tyres were unloaded.
Man tried to save drowning grandson
Published: Tuesday, 14 January 2014
A man has told how he struggled in vain to rescue his drowning grandson as a family day out at a Co Londonderry country park ended in tragedy.
Minister pledges to fast-track planning
Published: Thursday, 09 January 2014
The planning process is to be speeded up in an effort to improve service to customers, Environment Minister Mark Durkan has announced.
Canoeists rescued on Lough Neagh
Published: Tuesday, 07 January 2014
Three canoeists have been rescued after getting into trouble on Lough Neagh.
Coastal community projects funded
Published: Thursday, 02 January 2014
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced £446,000 in funding for regeneration projects in two coastal communities.
Radioactive waste dumped in NI in 1970s
Published: Tuesday, 31 December 2013
State papers released under the 30 year rule have revealed that radioactive waste was secretly dumped in Northern Ireland in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Farmer selfie outstanding in its field
Published: Thursday, 19 December 2013
With a bunch of Irish farmers getting in on the selfie act for a photography competition, it looks like the craze is gathering steam – and hay and potatoes ...
Criminals 'exploit NI waste systems'
Published: Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Illegal dumping is widespread in Northern Ireland and involves organised criminal gangs exploiting poor waste regulation to make vast profits, a report said.
30 tonnes of toxic waste found
Published: Thursday, 05 December 2013
Almost 30 tonnes of toxic waste have been recovered after the discovery of a diesel laundering plant in south Armagh.
Earthquake recorded off west Cork
Published: Wednesday, 04 December 2013
An earthquake measuring 2.6 magnitude has been recorded off the coast of west Cork.
New home for 1,100-year-old cross
Published: Wednesday, 04 December 2013
A 1,100-year-old cross is being moved from its location at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick to a new location at a local museum.
Trees to solve Cave Hill 'foxhunt' row
Published: Thursday, 28 November 2013
Conservationists and mountain bikers, who had been at odds over the use of Cave Hill for a downhill chase, are joining forces to plant a 1,000-strong native tree copse on the north Belfast landmark.
New year decision on Exploris closure
Published: Thursday, 21 November 2013
A decision by Ards Borough Council on whether to close the Exploris aquarium has been put off for another two months after funding was proposed from the Department of Environment.
Madonna calls for charity activists' release
Published: Sunday, 17 November 2013
Madonna has become the latest star to call for the release of a group of Greenpeace protesters incarcerated in Russia.
Vandals 'blight of Lagan Towpath'
Published: Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Vandals who damaged and defaced property along the scenic Lagan Towpath have been told to "have some consideration for others".
Fewer winter birds at Lough Neagh
Published: Wednesday, 13 November 2013
The winter bird population at Lough Neagh has declined by more than three quarters, according to researchers at Queen's University, Belfast.
Farmers welcome national parks decision
Published: Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Farmers will be relieved by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan’s decision to not take legislation for national parks forward, according to Ulster Farmers’ Union President Harry Sinclair.
Major toxic waste find in Co Armagh
Published: Thursday, 31 October 2013
Twenty tonnes of toxic waste have been uncovered in south Armagh by officials investigating an illicit fuel plant.
Up to 400 jobs to be created at Down site
Published: Monday, 21 October 2013
Plans to redevelop a derelict textile factory, turning it into a multimillion-pound development site, have been given the green light by the Environment Minister.
'Worry' over Britain's new nuclear plant
Published: Monday, 21 October 2013
A landmark deal which will create Britain's first new nuclear plant in a generation has been described as "deeply worrying" by an SDLP MP.
'Best year ever' for NI beach waters
Published: Thursday, 17 October 2013
The bathing water at Northern Ireland's beaches is the cleanest it has ever been.
New Victoria Park bridge installed
Published: Monday, 14 October 2013
A new landmark pedestrian and cycle footbridge was installed in Victoria Park, Belfast over the weekend.
Cargo crew decontaminated after leak
Published: Thursday, 03 October 2013
Workers on a cargo ship and a dockhand had to be decontaminated after being exposed to leaking gas in a Co Down harbour, a report has revealed.
Decision to close Exploris deferred
Published: Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Councillors have voted to delay the closure of Exploris for two months amid hopes of funding from government departments.
NI gets new 'village' to teach safety
Published: Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Northern Ireland is set to get its first full-sized indoor village constructed specially to teach safety to young people - including features such as a road crossing, a dark alleyway, a farm and a courtroom.
No increase in carrier bag levy
Published: Monday, 09 September 2013
The Environment Minister has announced that an increase in the so-called plastic bag levy will not be introduced.
Call for cycling revolution
Published: Monday, 09 September 2013
Transport minister Danny Kennedy has called for a cycling revolution as he outlined plans to encourage more people to get on their bikes.
'Big cat' sightings reported in Co Down
Published: Monday, 02 September 2013
Police are investigating a number of alleged 'big cat' sightings in the Hillsborough and Dromora areas of Co Down following several animal attacks on sheep.
Ice Age link to quakes in Irish Sea
Published: Sunday, 25 August 2013
Two earthquakes recorded in the Irish Sea were most likely caused by stress on glaciers from the Ice Age being released, experts have said.

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