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Gobbins Path reopens for summer season

The Gobbins cliff path at Islandmagee will reopen tomorrow (June 30) after a 12 month closure.

Environment
Image of the proposed York Street Interchange. Circled, to help give perspective, are Yorkgate train station (top) and the nearest of the New Lodge towerblocks.

Department fails to shed light on blockage to York Street road revamp

The Department of Infrastructure has failed to provide any details about a legal hold-up affecting the much-anticipated York Street Interchange.

Business
Up to two million tonnes of sand are dredged every year from Lough Neagh

Judges quash Lough Neagh dredging verdict

A decision not to order an immediate halt to the unauthorised extraction of up to two million tonnes of sand a year from Lough Neagh is to be quashed, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Crime
Undated RSPB handout photo of an adult female Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus). Hen harriers are on the brink of extinction in England after the number of breeding pairs fell to four last year, according to new figures.

Only four breeding pairs of hen harriers left in England, survey finds

Hen harriers are on the brink of extinction in England after the number of breeding pairs fell to four last year, according to new figures.

Offbeat
16/3/2011: An image of a fuel laundering plant in Crossmaglen, south Armagh. It was said to be the biggest in Northern Ireland at the time. It is unconnected with any of the cases set out below.

Yet another south Armagh fuel launderer escapes jail

A fuel launderer in south Co Armagh has been given a suspended sentence.

Crime
Cllr Mervyn Rea, Doreen Muskett MBE, President of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, Ivor McMullan, Cllr Linda Clarke, Cllr Neil Kelly, Mayor Cllr Paul Hamill, Simon Webb, Dept Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland and Lindsey Houston at Ireland's best kept awards 2017 where  Antrim Town won the Best Kept Large Urban Centre category.  MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE

Antrim named Ireland’s ‘best kept large urban centre’

Antrim has been named the ‘Best Kept Large Urban Centre’ at Ireland’s Best Kept Town Awards 2017.

Environment
Caroline Lucas attacking the DUP in Parliament on Wednesday

Calling the DUP ‘dinosaurs’ is allowed: Commons speaker

The speaker of the House of Commons has decreed that the use of the term “dinosaurs” to describe the DUP was acceptable language within the rules of Parliament.

Environment
Bonfire site at Monrush in Cookstown

Asbestos dumped at Cookstown bonfire sparks safety alert

A warning has gone out to bonfire builders across Mid Ulster to be on the look out for hazardous materials.

Environment
The Small Blue Butterfly discovered in Co Fermanagh

Rare butterfly previously feared extinct discovered in Northern Ireland

A surveyor from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency has discovered a rare butterfly previously thought to be extinct in the province.

Offbeat
Undated handout photo issued by Bord na Mona of a Marsh Fritillary butterfly which has been rediscovered on Turraun Bog in west Offaly, 20 years after it was last seen

Rare marsh fritillary butterfly rediscovered on bog after 20 years

A rare butterfly has been rediscovered on a bog 20 years after it was last seen.

News
The McCloskey family getting hands on history

Big Dig to unearth hidden history

The Belfast Hills Partnership along with the National Trust are tooling up for this year’s Big Dig on Divis and the Black Mountain.

Offbeat
The perfect garden could be easier than you  think

6 steps to a gorgeous garden

Unleash your inner Alan Titchmarsh and ensure your lawn is the envy of your neighbours (and it could be much easier than you think!).

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IN FULL: Non-domestic RHI claimant list

The Department for the Economy has today published the full list of individuals and companies who have received more than £5,000 under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

Business

Video: Derg Valley YFC annual charity tractor run

Derg Valley YFC held their annual charity tractor run on Sunday, May 21st.

Offbeat
Barn owl (c) Margaret Holland

Volunteers needed to transform the fortunes of barn owls

Wildlife lovers are being urged to help safeguard one of Northern Ireland’s most endangered birds, by getting involved in Ulster Wildlife’s annual survey of barn owls this summer.

Environment
A  foxhound type dog is believed to be involved in the recent sheep worrying attacks in east Tyrone. This is not the dog involved - this is merely an image of the type of dog thought to be behind the attacks.

Appeal to aid hunt for dog preying on livestock

A “foxhound type” dog that started killing lambs as far back as April is still on the prowl in Co Tyrone.

Business
Pictures: Sun shines on a bumper Balmoral Show

Pictures: Sun shines on a bumper Balmoral Show

Have you been to the Balmoral Show yet?

Environment
Looking from Aughrim Hill, which overlooks Lough Beg, in so-called Seamus Heaney country, Co Londonderry. This looks over where part of the new  A6 dual carriageway is to be built

Hysteria in defence of the A6 plan that will destroy Lough Beg wetland

The News Letter got a bit hysterical yesterday trying to justify the destruction of a 10,000 year old wetland wilderness at Lough Beg.

Opinion
The new four-day Balmoral Show got under way this morning. Photos: Presseye

IN PICTURES: 2017 Balmoral Show gets under way

The 2017 Balmoral Show is officially under way with the sun shining on what promises to be a brilliant mix of agriculture, food and drink, crafts and entertainment.
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