‘PSNI and Garda must collaborate to end water pollution’ – Donnelly

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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SDLP Slieve Gullion Councillor Geraldine Donnelly has urged the Executive to increase efforts to end the dumping of toxic materials in South Armagh. Following reports last week that traces of contamination have been detected in Lough Muckno, Lough Ross and the Fane River, Donnelly has called on Ministers to work with the Dublin Government in addressing the problem caused by illegal fuel laundering. She said, “The people of South Armagh are rightly outraged following revelations that their lakes and rivers contain 8,000 times more chemical pollution than drinking water. This community has taken a strong stance against the illegal fuel trade that has brought them nothing but grief. “This is more than just an environmental disaster. Beyond the untold effect this illegal dumping may have already had on livestock that drink from these lakes and rivers, there is the very real possibility that pollutants could make their way into our water supply and pose a severe health risk to the general public. Donnelly added, “While efforts are made North and South of the border to combat this very destructive practice, I urge the Justice Minister to co-ordinate these efforts with An Garda Síochána to more effectively protect our waterways.”

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