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Ireland should lead the way when it comes to environmental protection and not wait for EU action – Stanley

4 May, 2017 - by Brian Stanley TD


Speaking today on the Micro Plastics Bill, the Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications Climate Action and Environment Brian Stanley TD said that Ireland needs to be a leader when it comes to the protection of our environment and not wait until the rest of Europe acts before we take action.

Brian Stanley TD for Laois said:

“Sinn Féin support this Bill which aims to ban ‘Micro-Plastics’ which are found in everyday products such as in soaps, gels, cosmetics, deodorant, and toothpaste. These are a pollutant in our oceans. Thousands go into the waste water system, with an estimated 1,000’s of tons are in our oceans.

“They are consumed by fish as well as shell fish. It is reported that a quarter of all fish contain plastics. If this was not bad enough in itself we must remember also these micro-plastics can then further then enter the human food chain. We need to take action on this harmful product. Our environment, our oceans, fish life and lakes, these are too important to neglect for the sake of an unnecessary beauty product.

“America has been phasing out this product since July last year. In Canada, Micro-beads were added to the list of toxic substances since June 2016 and in Britain the government has pledged  to ban this product in cosmetics and personal care products by 2017.

“This is about the protection of the environment around us and to enhance and project our green image. However, we are behind the curve in regard to our environment; we are not even off the starting blocks compared to other countries. We need to be a leader and in this case with need to move forward with the prohibition of micro-plastics.” 

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