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Welcome for Forkhill River pollution Fine

8 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Slieve Gullion Councillor Anthony Flynn has said that those who pollute the environment and put the well being of all at risk should face the full rigours of the law. The Sinn Féin Councillor was speaking after a Company was fined £15,000 for polluting the Forkhill River.

Cllr Flynn said:

"There needs to be a strong message sent out to those who seem to have a complete disregard for rules and regulations in relation to pollution and protecting the Environment.

"The Forkhill river runs into the Kilcurry River in County Louth. Substantial problems both for local people and the environment on both sides of the Border are caused because of water pollution incidents in this locality.

"When myself and my colleague from Dundalk County Council Councillor Tómas Sharkey were alerted to concerns about effluent in this river, we contacted agencies from both jurisdictions. This case once again highlights the necessity to ensure that representatives from both Environmental Agencies have regular and structured contact.

Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy commenting on the issue said that the incident had once again highlighted the need for the establishment of an all-Ireland Environmental Protection Agency.

Mr Murphy said:

"Sinn Féin are in favour of the establishment of an all-Ireland Environmental Protection Agency. All-Ireland environmental governance makes common sense. There is little doubt of the need for reform of the present system. Support for this reform stems from a loss of public confidence in the quality of environmental regulation and a desire for greater transparency, leadership and public debate surrounding decision-making." ENDS

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