Straws and cotton buds may be banned

Plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds could be banned from sale in England under plans being set out by Theresa May.

NI's seaside towns such as Portstewart, pictured above, have been beset by bad planning writes John Mulholland

Bad planning is a seaside scourge

I have just spent three nights on the Causeway coast, where when the children were young we spent our holidays.

A computer-generated image of the plans

Almost full steam ahead for Londonderry railway station revamp

Translink has declared itself “delighted” that councillors on the Derry City and Strabane local authority have approved proposals to redevelop the train station for the city.


City’s tropical ravine is back after £3.8m refurb

The Tropical Ravine in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens reopened yesterday following a £3.8 million refurbishment.

A fox

Judge directs jury to acquit in animal cruelty trial

AN east Belfast man has been acquitted of animal cruelty charges by the direction of a senior judge.

Alderman Arnold Hatch.

Translink to tackle rat infestation at homes near railway lines

Translink is to tackle a rat infestation amid overgrown briars encroaching on homes close to the railway line in Portadown.


Missing man found ‘safe and well’

Police in Strabane have confirmed that a 62-year-old man who has been reported missing has now been found.

The Foyle Bridge.

Street light collapses on Londonderry bridge

Street light columns on Londonderry’s busy Foyle Bridge were being removed today (Saturday) after one of them collapsed.

Snow has affected various parts of Northern Ireland this week

Slow thaw expected as Beast from the East loosens grip

Temperatures are set to rise slightly over the coming days following a week of sub-zero conditions and snow storms which are continuing to impact across parts of Northern Ireland.

Campaigners have challenged a decision to allow the �240m waste incinerator at Mallusk to go ahead

Stormont civil servants in disarray, say waste plant opponents

Civil servants are in “disarray” over the extent of their powers in the absence of ministers at Stormont, the High Court has heard.

The mountain of tyres dumped over the gate at Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, piled up by Ulster Wildlife staff on the roadside for collection.

Fly-tippers abandon 250 tyres at local wildlife haven

Ulster Wildlife has appealed to the public to help track down filthy fly-tippers who dumped more than 250 tyres over the gate of the Slievenacloy Nature Reserve near Stoneyford.

Firm fined over fish kill on local river

Firm fined over fish kill on local river

Draperstown firm J & A Renewables Limited has been fined £1,600 and ordered to pay compensation of £1,845 for causing a fish kill in the Altagoan River and for operating an anaerobic digestion plant without a valid Waste Management Authorisation licence.

Broughshane has made it into the final of Channel 4's 'Village of the Year' competition

NI’s ‘garden village’ in final shake-up for £10,000 TV prize

Broughshane is one step closer to being crowned Village of the Year after making it through to the finals of a Channel 4 competition.


IN PICTURES: 12 very cute reasons why January blues were nowhere to be seen at Belfast Zoo

The January blues were nowhere to be seen at Belfast Zoo last month.

The A5

A5 road project facing fresh delay

A new legal challenge to Northern Ireland’s biggest roads project will be heard in June, it was confirmed on Tuesday.

SDLP Cllr Declan McAlinden beside the carcas of a dead calf

Grisly carcass of calf rots outside popular tourist spot

The grisly remains of a young dead calf has been left rotting in front of one of Co Armagh’s favourite tourist attractions - often frequented by children.

The new secretary of state for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley

NI secretary says Brexit must not create different rules for the same field

Secretary of State Karen Bradley told the Lords’ European Select Committee committee on Tuesday that there were more border crossings in Ireland than there were on the EU’s eastern frontier, and acknowledged the need for complementary regulations in sectors like agri-food and energy.

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