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Bathing and swimming has again been prohibited at Mullaghmore beach in north Sligo. Sligo County Council says the prohibition is due to what it describes as ‘an infrastructure malfunction at the beach’ that ‘could have’ an impact on water quality. It’s thought the problem relates to the breakdown of a…

A north west environmental awareness officer says a clampdown on the supply and distribution of smokey coal will be a focus of the nationwide ban on the fuel coming into effect next Autumn. So-called smokey coal is banned already in some areas but continues to be used. Now, there’s to…

The United States has banned all Brazilian beef imports with immediate effect. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suspended all imports of fresh beef from Brazil amid “recurring concerns” about the food safety of the product. The USDA has said the ban will remain in place until the Brazilian…