At a port inspection facility on the Northern Ireland coast is the cow that could save the Brexit deal. The cattle compromise could unlock the backstop - a bovine Brexit breakthrough. Much rests on the shoulders of Daisy and friends.I first heard of this facility in Larne six months ago. But finally we had the opportunity to visit.Extraordinarily, the finer details of the operation of a facility operated by 14 people do matter in the last stages of a Brexit deal.The key is that the checks here for veterinary health and disease management occur mainly on cargo arriving from within the UK. They are "Great Britain-Northern Ireland" or "East-West" or what might be called "Irish Sea" checks on trade.Jonathan Guy is one of the top vets at the Northern Ireland Department for Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Affairs, which operates the facility on land rented from the port operators.He shows me the offloading facility. 100% of the approximately 10,000 cattle and 30,000 sheep that … [Read more...] about Larne: The Northern Ireland port town that is Brexit in a microcosm
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The Scottish National Party is led by a woman, pioneered an equal gender cabinet, and broadly escaped the “Pestminster” scandal in the wake of #MeToo (Nicola Sturgeon has backed an investigation into allegations against her former mentor, Alex Salmond, which he denies). Its politicians have loudly opposed Universal Credit’s “rape clause”, championed mums at work and highlighted the cases of missing women. In short, when it comes to political parties’ feminism, the SNP is head girl. So it might be surprising that when it comes to Victorian laws preventing women from accessing abortion, the SNP has very little to say at all. This is, of course, because the women in question live in Northern Ireland. Campaigners for change have pinned their hopes on a solution imposed by Westminster. The Pride-attending, Saltire-waving SNP has little in common with the unionist and virulently anti-choice DUP, but when it comes to the right of Northern Ireland to make … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Why the Northern Ireland abortion question puts the SNP in an awkward position
Meet Molly, the Northern Ireland pooch sniffing out drug cheats in Swedish sport BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A Portadown pooch has become the world's first anti-doping dog, sniffing out drugs misuse in sports across Sweden. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/meet-molly-the-northern-ireland-pooch-sniffing-out-drug-cheats-in-swedish-sport-37388854.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/article37388851.ece/ec7c5/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-10-06_new_44671646_I1.JPG Email A Portadown pooch has become the world's first anti-doping dog, sniffing out drugs misuse in sports across Sweden. Molly, a four-and-a-half year old springer spaniel, was originally used for bird hunting here before being talent spotted and taken to Denmark in May 2017. Shortly afterwards, the local hound went to live in Sweden with a customs officer, undergoing an intensive six-month training regime to learn how to detect substances used for doping. She was subsequently sought out by the Swedish … [Read more...] about Meet Molly, the Northern Ireland pooch sniffing out drug cheats in Swedish sport
This week, Theresa May is attending an EU summit in Salzburg, Austria. With Brexit looming, the question of the Irish border has been left unanswered. While Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and May have sparred on this most contentious of issues, a question remains: where is the Northern Ireland First Minister? … [Read more...] about Where is the Northern Ireland government ?
How the Northern Ireland players rated in defeat to Bosnia & Herzegovinia BelfastTelegraph.co.uk It was a defeat they didn't deserve for a largely dominant display, but just how did Northern Ireland's individual players fare at Windsor Park on Saturday? https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/international/how-the-northern-ireland-players-rated-in-defeat-to-bosnia-herzegovinia-37300058.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37295811.ece/1502a/AUTOCROP/h342/_0609ks18_54.jpg Email It was a defeat they didn't deserve for a largely dominant display, but just how did Northern Ireland's individual players fare at Windsor Park on Saturday? Steven Beacom runs his eye over Michael O'Neill's men. Northern Ireland player ratingsBailey Peacock-Farrell 6: The young goalkeeper was involved in the mix-up that led to Bosnia’s second goal. Otherwise steady in a game where he was rarely called upon. Conor McLaughlin 6: Has become such a reliable performer … [Read more...] about How the Northern Ireland players rated in defeat to Bosnia & Herzegovinia