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Dumping of toxic waste an attack on the community – Fearon

3 April, 2015 - by Megan Fearon

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon today described the dumping of five tonnes of toxic waste in Newtownhamilton as “disgraceful’ and said “it was an attack on the community”.

The Newry Armagh MLA said:

"This is an absolutely disgraceful attack on the community

"These dumpers have no regard for this area or its people. Their only concern is lining their own pockets, regardless of what the cost is to our health, to the economy or environment.

"Thankfully, the Environment Agency was able to remove this poison before it caused any damage.

"The people responsible will continue to pollute the countryside as long as they can get away with it.

“So I would encourage everyone to work with the Environment Agency and the PSNI so we can remove this scourge from our society.”

Mickey Brady MLA said the criminals were putting further pressure on an already beleaguered community.

"In the past week we've had an SDLP minister cut 100% of the funding to the Ring of Gullion and a UUP minister tell us there's no money to repair roads in south Armagh," he said.

"The people of this area have enough to overcome, in terms of attracting tourism and investment, without thugs further blighting the countryside.

"The people committing these acts are a tiny minority, many of them not even from the area. I'd encourage people not to let the actions of a few blight the good name of south Armagh."

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