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Binevenagh Wind Farm: The Story So Far

In 2010, the Northern Ireland Executive put forward a new strategy for a more eco-friendly Northern Ireland. As such, Renewable Energy International and Windy Fields Group developed a plan to erect 21 wind turbines at Binevenagh, County Londonderry, better known as Windy Hill. Binevenagh is one of three locations in …

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Councillor Mike Jones Interviewed Over Binevenagh Wind Farm

First off, what is your opinion on the Binevenagh wind farm? I think that this particular windfarm project is a complete ‘no-no’ in every way. The site chosen will destroy a very important landscape area which is a designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and has been since 2006. …

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Cervical cancer – Awareness and prevention in Northern Ireland

Every day in the UK, nine women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three lives are lost to the disease, a major charity has warned. In Northern Ireland, women are invited to cervical screening appointments at the age of 25. However, the uptake of women attending smear tests is lower …

Local

Councillors pleased with improvements to North Coast rail lines

BY JAYNE MCCORMACK Coleraine councillors were told of the huge transformation to the North Coast’s railway system at their meeting on Tuesday, 19 February. Mal McGreevy, general manager of rail services at Translink, said that there had been a 70% increase in the number of trains operating between Belfast to …

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Fracking Future to be Decided

  The possibility of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, in Northern Ireland could be decided within the next 12 months. The Northern Ireland Assembly passed a moratorium in December 2011 by 49 votes to 30 to allow more time to assess the safety of the procedure, which Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster …

International

Thatcher’s ghost will continue to haunt Britain’s EU relations

Europe may have been the issue that led to Baroness Thatcher’s political downfall in 1990, but 23 years later, in the wake of her recent death, it appears that she might just yet win in her fight against an United States of Europe. When news broke of her death, David Cameron …

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N Ireland debates EU exit but unites to lobby Irish Presidency on CAP reform

As the UK eyes the EU exit door, Northern Ireland is looking to the Irish Presidency of the European Council as an opportunity to lobby on behalf of farmers in upcoming Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) negotiations. At a Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister Committee report meeting Monday, …

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Northern Ireland Rail speeding towards a bright future.

Just as the train line between Londonderry and Coleraine is set to re-open on the 24th March, one week ahead of schedule, Mr Mal McGreevy updated Coleraine Borough Council on Translink’s recent achievements. The Derry-Coleraine track has been closed for major engineering works since July 2012. Since then Mr McGreevy …

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Coleraine Borough Council: Translink’s 15% increase in custom & WiFi on the beach

Translink Mal  McGreevy, general manager of rail services at Translink, addressed Coleraine Borough Council on Tuesday to discuss the completion of the consultation process on the new Derry-Londonderry rail line. Councillors were told how the 70% increase of train services is helping transform the North Coast. The Belfast – Coleraine line has seen …

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UK welfare reform, the universal credit and empty purses

Universal credit is the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government’s great white hope. The symbol of their attempts to mend broken Britain. Chancellor George Osborne said: “The benefits system is broken, it penalises people who try to do the right thing, and the British people badly want it fixed.” The Welfare Reform …