SDLP Fermanagh and South Tyrone candidate Fearghal McKinney said renewable energy has the potential to provide jobs where they are most needed if the Executive puts the right incentives in place.
Speaking after a visit to the Balcas wood pellet production plant in Enniskillen, he said: “In England, Scotland and Wales the Renewables Heat Incentive (RHI) will provide grants of up to £1500 a year for 15 years to encourage people to switch to wood pellets or other renewables. Unfortunately the RHI will not extend to Northern Ireland.
EU citizens facing criminal trials in another member state will be guaranteed access to translation services under new measures debated in Brussels this week.
A key MEP committee has voted in favour of a draft directive aimed at laying down common standards on the right to interpretation in criminal cases throughout the EU.
Under the law, for example, a British football fan arrested in Portugal would be granted access to an interpreter during police questioning, in the courtroom and to communicate with lawyers.
Members of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee also argued that all essential documents should also be translated into the defendant’s language.
‘Everyone is entitled to a fair trial, and that means proper communication, which is only possible in cross-border cases if there are translation services,’ said Irish MEP Sean Kelly.
‘Transparency goes two ways, and both the defence and the prosecution must understand one another in the interests of due process,’ he added.
National Heritage Week is coming to County Donegal this August and the message is to log on www.heritageweek.ie and register your event early.
Speaking about week, Rebecca Reynolds, National Coordinator of the week at the Heritage Council said, “With over 1000 events taking place each year around the country, National Heritage Week is not only a chance for family fun and to spend quality time outdoors, but a fantastic opportunity for people to learn new skills and get involved in their local community and heritage. The week is open to everyone; you can get involved by organising your own event, attending events or volunteering with local groups in your area”.
National Heritage Week 2010 takes place nationwide from 21st – 29th August 2010. To register your event log on to www.heritageweek.ie. All events must be registered by the 31st of May for inclusion in the National Heritage Week Event Guide, which will be distributed in advance of the week throughout Ireland and Europe.