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Interconnector: SDLP MLA criticises minister over power project

Image caption The project will create an 85 miles long (138km) overhead electricity line stretching from County Tyrone to County Meath An SDLP MLA who opposes the above-ground construction of the North-South Electricity Interconnector says his own party’s minister, Nichola Mallon, has not listened to him “enough”. Justin McNulty says he was “devastated” when he was told the Infrastructure Minster… Read more →

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NI can become ‘leader’ in hydrogen technology’, says economy minister

Northern Ireland can become a leader in hydrogen technology, Economy Minister Diane Dodds has said. She said it would also allow us to get more efficient use of our onshore windfarms. There are already plans to introduce hydrogen-fuelled buses to Belfast later this year. The company building them has ambitions to set up a facility to make hydrogen fuel. Ballymena-based… Read more →

Justice minister targets criminals’ assets

Image copyright PA Justice Minister Naomi Long has confirmed she aims to have additional powers targeting paramilitary and criminal finances in place in Northern Ireland this year. Known as unexplained wealth orders, they were introduced in other parts of the UK three years ago. But the collapse of Stormont delayed the extension to Northern Ireland. Naomi Long is now working… Read more →

Restaurants write to first minister asking for roadmap for reopening

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The coronavirus outbreak could be devastating for the hospitality industry About 70 independent restaurants and food businesses have asked the first minister to help secure the survival of the sector. The collective of businesses, ranging from street food vendors to Michelin-starred chefs, wrote to Mark Drakeford with a list of proposals. The letter calls for… Read more →

First Minister Mark Drakeford defends handling of Rossett housing appeal

Image copyright Bellis Brothers Ltd Image caption Plans to build 132 new homes on agricultural land have sparked anger among villagers First Minister Mark Drakeford has defended his housing minister over her handling of a development near Wrexham. Campaigners said Julie James’ “bizarre” decision to approve 132 new homes in Rossett had breached the ministerial code. Rossett Focus Group (RFG)… Read more →