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Continued demolitions leaving Belfast ‘completely soulless’

People need to wake up to the scale of redevelopment in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter before it becomes “completely soulless,” a walking tour guide has warned.

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Billy Dickson on the Boyne Bridge in Sandy Row which a newly formed group is fighting to protect

Sandy Row residents’ group fights to save Boyne Bridge

An organisation has been formed to ensure Belfast’s oldest bridge stays where it is.

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The three buildings (centre of picture) which were demolished in North Street, Belfast

Anger at loss of three Belfast buildings ahead of listing decision

The weekend demolition of three Belfast properties being considered for ‘listed’ status has angered building conservationists.

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The target of the extortion was a Republic of Ireland cattle dealer

Quartet plead guilty to cattle dealer €400,000 tiger kidnap plot

Four Co Tyrone men have pleaded guilty to their involvement in a tiger kidnapping plot to extort a €400,000 ransom from a Republic of Ireland cattle dealer.

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A specialist contractor working to remove asbestos

Asbestos risk assessed at 5,000 Northern Ireland homes

Hundreds of homes in Northern Ireland have areas effectively placed out of bounds due to asbestos contamination with almost 5,000 more under review, the NI Housing Executive has said.

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Litter (mostly left behind by visitors) strewn across Benone Strand in Co Londonderry. Picture: Aerial Vision NI

Complete rubbish ... Northern Ireland beaches are dirtiest in UK

Beaches in Northern Ireland are strewn with more litter than anywhere else in the UK, according to conservationists.

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A number of buzzards have been killed.

Over 40 birds of prey illegally killed

Over 40 birds of prey have been illegally killed in Northern Ireland over the five years up to the start of 2015, a new report has found.

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Expect delays as work on major water pipeline project begins

A £1.4 million water improvement scheme is set to begin this month in the Ballynure area and motorists have been advised to expect some delays.

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Mountains of sand pictured on shore of Lough Neagh

Friends of the Earth fails to halt sand dredging in Lough Neagh

An environmental group failed today in a High Court bid to force a halt to sand dredging from Lough Neagh.

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Image of the planned new York Street interchange. The large building in the centre of the picture is the Cityside retail and cinema development.

Move to proceed with massive motorway revamp plan is greeted warmly

A declaration that a massive rejig of Belfast’s motorway system looks set to press ahead has been broadly welcomed – though the minister responsible has been accused of “hokey cokey decision-making” on the issue.

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Image of the proposed York Street Interchange. Yorkgate train station and one of the New Lodge towerblocks are circled here for reference.

Massive York Street road scheme gets green light from minister

Officials will press ahead with plans to rejig Belfast’s motorway system, despite doubts about funding for the scheme.

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The new memorial garden at Butler Place in Ardoyne , north Belfast

DUP man calls for action over fresh IRA memorial

A DUP man has said a newly-built IRA memorial on publicly-owned land should be “eradicated”.

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The fish kill happened on a tributary of the Moyola River in Co Londonderry.

Probe continues into fish kill on river near Draperstown

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is continuing to assess the extent of damage caused by a pollution incident on a tributary of the Moyola River in Co Londonderry.

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The Rt. Reverend Dr Frank Sellar

Presbyterian moderator defends ‘toxic bonfire’ comments

The Presbyterian moderator has said people will thank him for “speaking the truth” after he branded bonfires a health hazard and a barrier to a more inclusive society.

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Mountains of sand pictured on shore of Lough Neagh

Planning Appeals Commission give Lough Neagh sand traders second extension on Environmental Statement

Lough Neagh sand traders fighting an enforcement notice imposed by former Environment Minister Mark H Durkan have been given a second extension by the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) for the Environmental Assessment they must submit.

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What is a ‘supermoon’?

The phenomenon explained

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Thousands of tourists at the Dark Hedges near Armoy in Co Antrim have raised fears of root damage to the world-famous trees

New traffic proposals to protect Dark Hedges

Proposals to tackle the damage caused to Northern Ireland’s world-famous Dark Hedges by cars and coaches include blocking traffic to the attraction altogether and building a nearby ‘orientation hub’ for tourists.

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Anonymous Ireland

Hackers group targets media over Tyrone goldmine plans

The hackers group Anonymous Ireland appears to have stepped up its fight against a goldmine in Greencastle, Co Tyrone.

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PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton. Photo: Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

PSNI and gold mining firm in row over bill for explosives escorts

The PSNI and a gold mining firm are consulting lawyers in a dispute over security costs at a Co Tyrone site.

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Greencastle pond pollution claim dismissed by Environment Agency

Greencastle pond pollution claim dismissed by Environment Agency

Northern Ireland Environment Agency has said there was no sign of water pollution at a Greencastle pond, despite concerns raised by a walker in the area.

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