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Northern Ireland taxpayers have moved closer to footing a £8m fine from Europe.
It is over the failure to protect a key habitat in Strangford Lough – beds or reefs of horse mussels.
Two government departments had promised Europe we would protect the mussels back in 2006 and narrowly escaped a fine.
But since then, little has been done and on Thursday the EU started down the road of legal proceedings.