Newry Councillor highlights hogweed dangers

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Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Newry City Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has warned people to be wary of the dangers of hogweed.

Newry Times Newspaper - 22 May 2020, Newry News - Hogweed

The Councillor made her comments after receiving concerns from local residents in the Carnagat and lower Camlough Road area about the spread of giant hogweed.



Speaking to Newry Times, Mulgrew explained, “The Giant Hogweed plant can grow up to five metres in height, and its sap contains toxic chemicals that react with light when they come into contact with human skin.

“The toxic burns in humans can take up to six years to heal, and even result in blindness in some cases.

“I would urge people to be careful and not come in contact with it,” she urged.



The local Councillor continued, “The issue has been reported to the Council and I will be following it up to ensure that a management and eradication plan is put in place.

“Council Officers have identified the areas that they are responsible for and they, in turn, have contacted both Housing Executive and Transport NI Officials asking that the issue is addressed as a matter of urgency.

She added, “A cohesive multi-agency response is required.



“I will encourage the Council and all Agencies to work together to address the problem.”


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