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British Prime Minister Theresa May visits the border and surrounding areas today to discuss Brexit.

Her visit will include talks with both business leaders trading between the north and south and political parties in the region.

May said that they have “ruled out any kind of hard border” and promises that daily journeys will be “seamless.”
She will also deliver a speech in Belfast tomorrow on a government white paper outlining the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The Irish border remains a major issue in Brexit negotiations.

 

 

Archeologists plan to stage a second day of industrial action today.
Members of the trade union Unite will strike again today due to the Irish Archeological Consultancy’s refusal to engage with the union on pay claims.
They staged a one-day stoppage earlier this month in Cork, and the union regional coordinating officer Richie Brown stated that industrial action will continue until the IAC is willing to engage.

Today’s action will include a 24-hour work stoppage on Aungier Street, where workers are investigating the remains of a medieval church.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the agri-food sector has the worst industrial waste management offences.

According to a recently-published environmental compliance report for 2017, the food and drink sector had the lowest compliance and the most prosecutions.
A total of twenty-two prosecutions were successfully carried out last year alone, and fines for the sector totalled over 370 thousand euros.

 

Many of the issues cited in 2017 were related to water pollution, and the EPA said that water protection is still a key issue. 

 

 

WEATHER 

Today will be dry with sunny spells at first but gradually thickening cloud cover throughout the day. Top temperatures will be 20 to 22 degrees with mostly light winds.