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Clear statement needed on river protection - Mitchel McLaughlin

18 October, 2011

Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has called for clarity of all information regarding previous instances of pollution of the Sixmilewater river.The Sinn Féin MLA was speaking ahead of an adjournment debate in the Assembly on pollution of the river. Several years ago after work was done on protecting the river from pollution and poaching, and restrictions placed on fishing methods, there was a return of salmon to the river along with brown trout and dollaghan.
However there have been recurring instances of pollution on the river and the Sinn Féin MLA wants to know if anyone was found responsible and if so that they should be named and shamed.
Mitchel McLaughlin said:“We need a clear statement on who and what was the source of the pollution. Is it coming from industry or farming and what sanctions/fines were imposed on those responsible?
“If there was no-one brought to book over these recurring incidents then we need to know why not. At the very least this Executive needs to send out a clear message to polluters that every possible avenue will be used to bring them to account and that the punishment should fit the damage done. 

“Our rivers are not only a crucial asset in the life of any land but they are also something that brings great joy to those that use them for recreation including fishing and the tourism that also brings. We should make sure they are passed on to the next generation in the best possible condition.”

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