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Lord Chief Justice Morgan: “this is a case about political failure”

Sat 28 December 2013, 4:02pm

Tweet Not the Haass talks.  You can keep your nose pressed against the windowpane with David if you’re hoping for a scrap of comfort from that.  No, this is about the continued dysfunctional approach of the two main parties of the Northern Ireland Executive semi-detached polit-bureau to the process of government – as defined under the […] more »

Lough Neagh Working Group: “This report may never see the light of day.”

Wed 20 November 2013, 5:11pm

Tweet As the Belfast Telegraph reports, having set up a inter-departmental Working Group by September last year, ”to explore and pursue actively the potential for a cross-departmental approach to bring Lough Neagh back into public ownership”, the Northern Ireland Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill has lost the group’s report down the back of […] more »

Theresa Villiers: “I’m extremely pleased that we were able to answer the Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s request for a military helicopter…”

Tue 26 March 2013, 9:11pm

Tweet Following a request yesterday from the Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister, Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill, to the Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, for “urgent access to helicopter support“, an RAF Chinook flew from its Hampshire base today to airlift supplies in order ”to get food on the ground for stranded animals“.  [It's just "a transport helicopter"! […] more »

Irish Agriculture Minister: “I am seriously concerned about this development…”

Fri 22 February 2013, 8:14pm

Tweet I haven’t been posting on every twist and turn  [Not "an isolated instance", then? - Ed] of the still unravelling story of the Europe-wide horse meat for beef scandal.  But this looks like it could be a significant development.  From the RTÉ report A processing plant in Co Tipperary has been shut down after inspectors found it […] more »

#Horsemeat? What crisis? Ah, that crisis? (Don’t mention the election) It was the FSA wot done it.

Mon 18 February 2013, 12:21pm

Tweet Okay, so there’s a Westminster by election in your Mid Ulster constitutuency. There’s also a crisis in Northern Irish Agriculture that you said you had no reason to believe existed just two weeks ago. And you’re the Agriculture Minister. Damnit! So you call a cross department presser in the middle of your constituency in […] more »

Is there an unregulated trade in horsemeat in Northern Ireland?

Mon 11 February 2013, 10:36pm

Tweet Now, here’s a thing. Mary Creagh has set some ferocious cats amongst the local pigeons [You do mean harses don't ya? - Ed]. She alone of politicians with any local interest, has been listening to the concerns of the USPCA: “The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have clear evidence of an illegal trade […] more »

Bovine TB and badgers: “This approach has not been tried anywhere else…”

Sun 15 July 2012, 3:26pm

Tweet The different approaches of the various administrations in the UK and Ireland to attempting to eradicate bovine tuberculosis [TB] in wild animals, specifically badgers, are worth noting.  They are all in response to the EU Directive 64/432/EEC which, as the Welsh adminstration’s website notes, ”requires Member States to provide plans showing how they will eradicate bovine TB in […] more »

“I am determined to develop a response which fully matches our responsibility under the Habitats Directive…”

Thu 15 March 2012, 10:07pm

Tweet With the Northern Ireland Fisheries Minster, Sinn Féin’s Carál Ní Chuilín, displaying Helleresque logic in her efforts to avoid European Commission fines over the Executive’s failure to act to conserve atlantic salmon stocks, BBC NI’s environment correspondent, Mike McKimm, has an update on the NI Executive’s continuing inaction over environmental vandalism at Strangford Lough - a designated Special Area of Conservation, […] more »

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