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Ofcom launches one-stop tool for better broadband in Northern Ireland

Friday, 4 December 2015

People can check whether their in-home Wi-Fi is giving them the best service using a simple, powerful ‘app’ launched by Ofcom today.

 

The Ofcom Wi-Fi Checker runs on smartphones and tablets, providing a single-stop for consumers and businesses to discover the quality of their wireless internet signal wherever they live or work as well as practical steps to help people get the best from their connection.

 


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National crime survey to focus on rural concerns

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The largest ever survey into crime in rural areas has been launched in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to investigate the true impact of offences on countryside communities.

The survey, launched by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN)*, backed by the Countryside Alliance and supported by the Home Office, is calling for people who work or live in rural areas to come forward and give their views on countryside crimes, the impact they have on the wider community and to help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing.Click here to take part.

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Show your support for Nature and Shooting

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Countryside Alliance Ireland is calling on all those who love our wildlife and the countryside to respond to the European Commission’s proposal to review the Birds and Habitats Directive.
 
The Nature Directives, as they are collectively known, have played an essential part in increasing our biodiversity and wildlife, while forming the backbone to our conservation aims.

Shooting is highly regarded in the Nature Directives and we wish it to stay that way, opening and amending the Directives will allow attacks to happen which could threaten both our countryside and the sports that we love.

The public consultation is open for 12 weeks and we ask you to spare just a few minutes of your time to answer the questionnaire.

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Royal Mail Delivery

Universal postal service is essential to the countryside, says Alliance

Friday, 13 March 2015

Countryside Alliance Ireland welcomes the report published on the 12th  March from the BIS Select Committee on Competition in the postal services sector and the Universal Service Obligation (USO) and its recognition that the USO is an “essential service” that needs to be protected by Ofcom.

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Environment

Funding for the Environment through EU Cross-Border Cooperation Scheme

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, welcomes significant funding to be allocated to the environment through the Interreg Programme.
Following detailed discussions with the UK and Ireland Member States, the European Commission has formally adopted a new Interreg cross-border co-operation programme for the Border Region of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Western Scotland for 2014-2020.  A significant element of the programme is directed towards the environment theme. 


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PAW (NI) Communications Strategy Survey

Friday, 27 February 2015

The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW NI), of which Countryside Alliance Ireland is a member, is in the process of preparing a Communications Strategy in relation to Wildlife Crime in Northern Ireland.

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The 10th Annual Countryside Alliance Awards were held today

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

The 10th annual Countryside Alliance Awards, aka The Rural Oscars, were held at the House of Lords today, with Champion of Champions plaques being presented by the Environment Secretary Liz Truss MP to...... 

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Trade Restrictions due to Avian Influenza

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Following confirmation of Low Pathogenic Avain Influenza (LPAI)  type H7 in a chicken farm in Hampshire, England the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development wishes to advise importers of interim import requirements being implemented for poultry and hatching eggs, ornamental fowl, racing pigeons and captive birds from Great Britain.

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EU Birds Directive - Article 9 Derogations Annual Review

Friday, 23 January 2015

The current declarations by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht allowing for the control of certain wild bird species are due to expire on 30 April 2015.   These declarations are made by the Minister in exercising the powers conferred on her by Section 3 of the European Communities (Wildlife Act, 1976) (Amendment) Regulations 1986 (S.I. No. 254 of 1986).


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The Countryside

Consultation on consolidation of the Habitats Regulations.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

 The Department of Environment has published a consultation on proposals to make updated and consolidated ‘Habitats Regulations’.

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (‘the Habitats Regulations’) transpose the requirements of the EC ‘Habitats’ Directive and aspects of the ‘Wild Birds’ Directive. Since they were originally made in 1995, the Habitats Regulations have been subject to amendment on 6 separate occasions. The last set of amendments was made in 2012.

 

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