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Morgan calls for All-Ireland Environmental Protection Agency

9 June, 2006


Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD today called for the 26-County Environmental Protection Agency to be reconstituted as an all-Ireland body with strong enforcement powers.  Deputy Morgan was reacting to news today that the Six Counties is edging closer to setting up its own Environmental Protection Agency. He said it makes no sense to have to separate agencies on the one Island doing exactly the same job. 

“There is obviously an urgent need for an environmental watchdog in the Six Counties, similar to that which exists in the 26 Counties.  But it makes no sense to have to separate agencies on the one Island doing exactly the same job especially as illegal dumping, pollution etc don't recognise borders.

“These are issues that we need to be addressing together north and south.  There should be no, ‘go it alone’ attitude.  Sinn Féin is calling for the 26-County Environmental Protection Agency to be reconstituted as an all-Ireland body with strong enforcement powers.” ENDS

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