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Warrenpoint waste concerns must be addressed - Gerry Adams TD

6 July, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth Gerry Adams has joined with his colleague Chris Hazzard, the recently elected MP for South Down, in expressing concerns about the proposal to construct a waste treatment plant at Warrenpoint.

Teachta Adams said: “Concerns have been raised with Sinn Féin representatives who represent both sides of Carlingford Lough, about the potential environmental impact of a proposal to construct a hazardous waste treatment facility in Warrenpoint.

“Carlingford Lough is an area of outstanding natural beauty with the Mourne Mountains to the North and the Cooley’s to the South. It is a significant tourist destination for thousands of visitors each year. There are understandable fears about the potential damage a waste disposal facility might pose to the area.

“My colleague Chris Hazzard MP raised these concerns directly with Re-Gen last week. They told him that a comprehensive community consultation will take place this summer. However it isn’t clear if this consultation will also include the Louth side of the Lough.

“I have written to Re-Gen Waste Ltd, the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, to the two Councils that border Carlingford Lough, and to the respective government departments on both sides of the border asking that the fullest information is made available to local communities. Transparency is essential so that those who might be affected by this plant have the opportunity to decide their attitude to it and have a say in its future.”

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