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Northern Ireland Agriculture and Food Conference 2016

Thursday 1st December
Craigavon Civic Centre, Co. Armagh
See website for details

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Santa at Castle Ward

Saturday 3rd December
Castle Ward
Adult £8 Child £16 Member Adult £8 Child £16

Christmas Fair at The Argory

Saturday 3rd December
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Anna Pavord In Conversation

Saturday 3rd December
Seamus Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy
£5

Anna Pavord In Conversation

Saturday 3rd December
Seamus Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy
£5

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Energy in Northern Ireland – the energy market, renewables and security of supply

Tuesday 6th December
TBC, Belfast
See website for details

Santa’s Magical Kingdom

Wednesday 7th December
The Argory, Moy
Adult £7, Child £15

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Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 9th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Yuletide Market

Saturday 10th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Magical Christmas

Saturday 10th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £15

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village – Tree Planting

Sunday 11th December
Gilford Castle, Golford Village
Free

Decorate Your Gingerbread Man

Monday 12th December
Rowallane Garden
12noon – 2.30pm

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Christmas Social Event

Sunday 18th December
TBC
Free

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EC Challenge on Strangford 16 March 2012

EC challenge on Strangford Lough

The Department of Environment and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed that a letter has been received from the European Commission outlining their final position in respect of the management of Strangford Lough.

The Commission has raised concerns about the protection of the remaining communities of Horse Mussels (modiolous), the control and assessment of pot fishing and acquaculture activities and enhance restoration of habitat.

Alex Attwood said: “A formal letter has been received from the EU commencing a process of investigation and dialogue. Our response must be decisive. We need to demonstrate that the horse mussel reef issue is being conclusively addressed. I will be discussing this issue with my Executive colleague Michelle O’Neill. We have until May this year to convince the EU that any deterioration is being addressed, beyond which infraction awaits”

Minister O’Neill added “My Department has responsibility for fisheries management in the Lough. I remain disappointed with the Commission interpretation but I am determined to develop a response which fully matches our responsibility under the Habitats Directive. I have undertaken to meet fishermen in the near future to discuss options with them and officials from both Departments will be working hard together to develop a satisfactory management regime for the future.”

Minister Attwood concluded “Following my meetings in Brussels, I am arranging to return to Brussels in the next few weeks to discuss with senior EU officials – and I hope with the Environment Commissioner – to attempt to ensure understanding of measures to protect the horse mussel reef, a sustainable fishing industry working in harmony within the ethos of the Habitats Directive and to show an unambiguous determination to settle the matter once and for all”.