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Leading Country Sports Organisations Meet NI Environment Minister on Snares

Friday, 22 January 2016

Representatives from Northern Ireland’s two main countryside organisations, Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), met with NI Environment Minister Mark H Durkan at Stormont. The meeting follows the Minister’s controversial decision not to introduce the draft Snares Order (Northern Ireland) to the NI Assembly in the latter part of 2015. The draft order had been produced by Department officials working in partnership with BASC and CAI back in May 2013.

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Additional controls due to Suspected Avian Influenza in Fife, Scotland

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has today issued a letter advising of additional controls being implemented from midnight tonight in respect of imports of poultry and hatching eggs, and movements of ornamental fowl, racing pigeons and captive birds from Great Britain.


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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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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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