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No deliveries at Cookstown pig factory as animals rights activists protest outside

Direct Action Everywhere NI said they are celebrating a 'small victory' after Cookstown's Karro Food Group took no deliveries of pigs at its factory today (Saturday).

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One of the planters which have been described as 'silver skips' by locals on social media

Planter ‘skips’ are rubbish - Ballymena public on social media

Ballymena people have taken to social media in droves to heap scorn on the new ‘silver skips’ which have been erected in the town centre.

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Mount Charles director Jonathan McKinlay, left, and MD Cathal Geoghegan, right, with Paddy Finnegan of Netwatch

High tech security firm Netwatch set to double its Newry workforce

Leading high tech security firm Netwatch has announced plans to create 85 jobs over the next 12 months, with 15 of those jobs based at their £4.5million Newry communications hub which was established in February 2016.

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Ministers � Muilleoir and Hamilton with Belfast Lord Mayor Brian Kingston

Belfast and LPS invest to maximise rates revenues

A project designed to find more effective ways of identifying businesses that should be paying their rates in Belfast has reached the next stage with the two companies given a contract to build working prototypes of their proposal.

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Wind is playing an increasingly central role as a part of modern generation

Bonus for clean energy as wind power breaks record

Wind power has hit a new UK record of generating more than 10,000 megawatts of power, National Grid has said.

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Many schemes are just treading water the PPF has warned

McDonald’s UK move as firm clashes with EU regulators

McDonald’s is moving its non-US tax base to Britain from Luxembourg as it battles EU regulators over its tax affairs.

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Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen visits the Dale Farm stand at the RUAS Winter Fair. Pictured with the minister are Dale Farm Chief executive Nick Williams(L) , United Dairies Chairman John Dunlop and Margaret Sherrard from Dale Farm

Winter Fair is an opportunity to promote our high-tech agri-food industry: McIlveen

The annual RUAS Winter Fair is an important opportunity to showcase the cutting edge technology used in Northern Ireland’s agri-food industry.

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East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs. INCT 17-704-CON

Heating scandal: ‘Did ministers think Westminster would pick up tab?’

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has asked if the reason why successive DETI Ministers avoided addressing the defective Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme was because they thought that Westminster would be paying for it rather than the Northern Ireland block grant.

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Ballyclare police station

Twelve police stations to be sold in cost-saving drive

Twelve police stations across Northern Ireland are being sold as part of new cost-saving measures.

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Nine in ten people believe a broadband connection is essential to their day-to-day life.

Broadband ‘essential’ to everyday life

Nine in ten people now believe that a broadband connection is essential to their day-to-day life, ranking its importance alongside the likes of housing and food.

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Cows out at pasture

Dale Farm increases its milk price to over 27p/l

Dale Farm is raising its base milk price by 1 pence per litre effective from 1 November.

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Slideshow: Gleno YFC Fatstock show and sale

Members of Gleno YFC held their annual Christmas fatstock show and sale in Ballymena on Tuesday evening.

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Convicted livestock rustler back in court on sheep theft charges

Convicted livestock rustler back in court on sheep theft charges

A convicted livestock rustler was back in court on Wednesday accused of stealing 35 ewes.

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BVA responds to declaration of Avian Influenza Prevention Zones in Great Britain

BVA responds to declaration of Avian Influenza Prevention Zones in Great Britain

The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer and the Scottish and Welsh Governments have announced Avian Influenza Prevention Zones for England, Scotland and Wales to help protect poultry from the highly pathogenic strain of Avian Influenza (H5N8) currently circulating in mainland Europe.

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Samuel Dickey

House sales up as enquiries and instructions rise

House sales activity in Northern Ireland rose last month at the fastest rate in over two years, according to the latest RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and Ulster Bank Residential Market Survey.

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John McGrillen

Visitor numbers on the rise in the Province says Tourism NI CEO

Hot on the heels of Titanic Belfast and The Dark Hedges being named as top worldwide tourist attractions, Tourism NI confirmed the number of people visiting Northern Ireland was on the increase.

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Pfizer has rejected the findings and is planning to appeal

Pfizer fined £84.2m as NHS drug price hiked 2,600%

Drugs giant Pfizer has been fined a record £84.2 million by the competition watchdog for its role in over-charging the NHS after the price of an epilepsy drug was hiked by up to 2,600% overnight.

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NIESR predicts a falling pound will send inflation soaring to 3.8% in late 2017

Household spending power expected to fall ‘substantially’

Households will see their spending power curbed “substantially” as the Brexit-hit pound will send prices soaring over the next two years, an influential think tank has warned.

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McIlveen gives go ahead for £8million ANC transitional funding

McIlveen gives go ahead for £8million ANC transitional funding

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced that she will provide £8million to fund a one-year transitional scheme to support farmers in Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC).

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Christmas shoppers

Christmas shoppers swap coats for T-shirts and warm weather

Christmas shoppers swapped their winter woollies for shorts and T-shirts to enjoy one of the warmest December days on record.

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