2013 'driest summer in a decade'
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Last summer was the driest in a decade, according to the Marine Conservation Society.
Over 2,000 gorse fires in NI last year
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014
More than 2,000 gorse blazes were attended by firefighters in Northern Ireland last year, the Fire and Rescue Service have revealed.
Casement deal paves way for work
Published: Wednesday, 02 April 2014
A legal dispute which threatened to halt work on the £76m redevelopment of Casement Park has been resolved and work is expected to begin on the GAA stadium later this month.
Astronaut launches 'Guide to Ireland'
Published: Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, famed for his broadcasts from space, has launched a series of films promoting Irish tourism.
Carrickfergus wood gets magical makeover
Published: Sunday, 16 March 2014
A wood in Carrickfergus has received a makeover, adding a little mischievous magic for visitors to find.
Legal challenge to Casement rebuild
Published: Thursday, 13 March 2014
Building work on the new £76m Casement Park in west Belfast could be halted by legal action from a social club facing demolition to make way for the GAA stadium.
Conservationists work to save NI bees
Published: Saturday, 08 March 2014
Around 3,000 beekeepers are attending a conference in Antrim this weekend and will look at ways to secure the future of the insects after a record colony loss last winter.
Approval for city centre boutique hotel
Published: Tuesday, 04 March 2014
Plans to transform a landmark building in Belfast city centre into a boutique hotel have been given the green light.
Major slurry spillage into Tyrone river
Published: Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Over 400,000 gallons of slurry have spilled into a tributary of the Ballinderry River near Cookstown.
Police station to become social housing
Published: Wednesday, 26 February 2014
The site of a former police station in Saintfield, Co Down is to be redeveloped into social housing.
Bad weather leaves fishermen in hardship
Published: Monday, 24 February 2014
Fishermen in Co Down are relying on charity hand-outs as continued bad weather has prevented them from earning a living.
Scheme launched to tackle fish poaching
Published: Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Operation Salar - a multi-agency initiative to combat fish poaching and protect stocks - has been launched ahead of the fishing season in March.
£800k spent on Derry illegal waste
Published: Tuesday, 18 February 2014
The bill for cleaning up illegal waste at a sprawling site in Londonderry has so far reached £800,000.
GM potato 'immune to Irish famine fungus'
Published: Monday, 17 February 2014
A new strain of British genetically modified potato appears immune to the devastating fungus responsible for the great famine which hit Ireland in 1845, research has shown.
Residents protest student digs expansion
Published: Saturday, 15 February 2014
Residents from Sans Souci Park in south Belfast have held a protest against Queens University's plans to further extend student accommodation in the area.
History dig at Carrickfergus Castle
Published: Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Excavation works have started at the island's best-preserved Anglo-Norman castle in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim.
Town centre boost in planning proposal
Published: Tuesday, 04 February 2014
The Environment Minister has unveiled a new streamlined planning application process which aims to promote the growth of town centres and, for the first time, implement a policy on the use of fracking.
Radiation alert at Sellafield plant
Published: Friday, 31 January 2014
Some staff at Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria have been told to stay at home after increased levels of radiation were detected- prompting a South Down MP to call for the facility to be closed.
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.

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