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Final link of 'amazing' Connswater Community greenway opens

The final section of the Connswater Community Greenway opened on Tuesday.

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Avocets at Belfast's Window on Wildlife (WOW) reserve. Picture by Ronald Surgeoner

Investigation underway to find out where rare birds spotted in Belfast came from

A pair of rare birds have been spotted at an RSPB nature reserve in Belfast

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Steven Agnew MLA, leader of The Green Party, at a 2015 rally at Stormont

Ex-Green MLA warns SDLP/SF pact risks party reputation

The Green Party’s first-ever MLA has said entering an electoral pact with Sinn Fein would risk damaging the reputation of the party.

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Steven Agnew

Green leader: We will consider pact with SF/SDLP

The Green Party leader has told the News Letter his party members will meet on Saturday to discuss whether to join any electoral deal.

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Claire Sugden

Political impasse forced me to break promises, says ex-Justice minister

Former Stormont justice minister Claire Sugden has hit out at the warring political parties for forcing her to break a number of promises to crime victims.

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Chris Murphy failed in a bid to stop the proposed �160m dual carriageway

Campaigner to seek injunction in A6 legal battle

An environmentalist is to seek an injunction as he considers appealing his failed legal bid to stop a planned new £160 million dual carriageway going through landscape made famous by poet Seamus Heaney.

Crime
There will be a complete ban on food waste in Belfast City Council black bins

Black bins will go uncollected in Belfast if food waste is found

Black bins in Belfast will go uncollected by the council if householders neglect their recycling duties – and councils across Northern Ireland are likely to follow the capital’s lead.

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Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust, said the ash is the most common tree in our hedgerows

Over £600k spent on failed bid to halt major eco threat

The battle to contain a major tree infection in Northern Ireland has so far cost well over £600,000 – and is failing.

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Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan

Top judge warns of impact on justice system over Stormont collapse

Northern Ireland's top judge has raised concern over how the collapse of Stormont is impacting the justice system.

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Body recovered from River Foyle

Foyle Search and Rescue have confirmed that a body has been recovered from the River Foyle.

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Steven Agnew said Arlene Foster should 'accept the verdict of the electorate'

Green leader says Foster should give Stormont ‘breathing space’

The Green Party has said that Arlene Foster should not return to her post as first minister whilst the public is still awaiting the results of a public inquiry into the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

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The road back to Stormont: Northern Ireland's political leaders have three weeks to form an executive or risk the re-imposition of direct rule from Westminster

Stormont party chiefs set for talks to restore devolution

Stormont party chiefs will meet Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire later for preliminary talks on finding a way to restore devolution, it is understood.
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Outgoing Stormont agriculture committee member Robin Swann said the proposals were sound

Draft bill for minimum farm incomes gets seal of approval

An outgoing member of the Stormont agriculture committee says a proposed bill which would guarantee minimum income for farmers is “sound”.

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Court

Ballymoney man fined £750 for keeping barn owls

A man who claimed he kept rare owls at his open farm to help educate the public about wildlife is now disheartened after a crackdown by the authorities and now says: “I don’t care if the last owl in Northern Ireland is dead”.

Crime
The judicial review is examining potential disturbance to wildlife on Lough Beg

A6 road upgrade ‘like cutting away at Rembrandt painting’

Building a new £160 million road through landscape made famous by poet Seamus Heaney would be like cutting away at a Rembrandt painting, the High Court has heard.

Crime
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Man who kept 700 defunct vehicles is fined

A Co Tyrone car breaker who unlawfully stored 700 defunct vehicles on his land has been fined £15,000.

Crime
Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE joined Sandy Wilson from Broughshane and District Community Association and Dawn McKeown from Raceview Mill, Broughshane to admire some traditional Shamrock and to urge everyone to come along on Friday 17 March 2017 and enjoy this challenging hike along the slopes where the Saint reputedly tended sheep.

Tackle the trek to top of Slemish on St. Patrick’s Day

A fantastic combination of spectacular views, fun activities for all the family, a ‘super-charged market’ and even some traditional entertainment will be on offer as hundreds trek up Slemish Mountain this St Patrick’s Day.

Offbeat
A6 road scheme ‘will disrupt protected swans’

A6 road scheme ‘will disrupt protected swans’

A leading conservationist has refuted claims by the Department of Infrastructure (DfI) that its proposed route for an extension to the A6 is the best.

Environment
Alan Titchmarsh: PA photo/Jonathan Buckley/Waitrose.

Titchmarsh: ‘Respect growers and buy British produce’

Gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh has said he is pleased about the temporary lettuce shortage – because it reminds people not to take food for granted.

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Westminster

Investigations into UK soldiers in N. Ireland are immoral, Tory MP says

A Tory former defence minister has said historic investigations into British soldiers in Northern Ireland are "absolutely immoral", as he backed a time limit for bringing prosecutions.
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