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Christmas Fair at The Argory

Saturday 2nd December
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Air Pollution in the UK Post–Brexit – Tackling air pollution and delivering a cleaner, greener and healthier future for the UK

Tuesday 5th December
TBC, Central London
See website for details

NIEL AGM 2017 & GDPR Information Session

Wednesday 6th December
Window on Wildlife (WOW), Belfast
Free

Santa’s Magical Kingdom at The Argory

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

Navigating the Future – Inland Waterways Development

Thursday 7th December
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
See flyer for details

Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 8th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Yuletide Market at Rowallane

Saturday 9th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Have a go: Coppicing

Saturday 9th December
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Magical Christmas

Saturday 9th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £15

Belfast’s First Repair Café

Saturday 9th December
Farset Labs, Belfast
Free

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 10th December
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Dec out your Gingerbread Man

Saturday 16th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free, Donations Welcome

Christmas Social Event

Sunday 17th December
Members House
N/K

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Attwood Responds to Fracking 15 April 2013

Attwood responds to London government announcement to allow fracking to recommence

Environment Minister Alex Attwood today commented on the announcement by the London government that they are to allow hydraulic fracturing to recommence.

Alex Attwood said: “I note the further position of the London government. However, I want to confirm that decisions on fracking in Northern Ireland are strictly for the Northern Ireland government. In particular, I have warned against a head long rush in to fracking and I repeat that today.

“The planning and environment issues around any energy proposal fall to the Department of Environment (DOE). Those responsibilities will be robustly and faithfully honoured on any proposal for fracking. I will make sure that this applies to any action or proposal by Tamboran.

“There has been no planning application lodged to date. If one is forthcoming, it may be judged to be an Article 31, to be decided by the DOE minister. This has happened with other energy applications. Further, in the fullness of time, it may be decided that there should be a public inquiry. This has also happened with other energy applications.

“There is of course a wider and more fundamental issue. That is the question as to how safe is fracking. The science on this is still developing. Research is continuing in Europe, in America and on this island. It will be some time before that research is concluded. This is one of the crucial pieces that needs to be assessed when looking at the fracking picture.

It is also of note that separately today a main adviser to the London and devolved governments – the Committee on Climate Change –advised that efforts should be concentrated on renewables in the future. I agree. Renewables is arguably Ireland’s biggest economic opportunity – electricity self sufficiency, net energy exporters, research and development jobs, engineering and manufacturing growth. We need to fully embrace this.”