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Sinn Féin MP Praise For Fire Fighters

20 July, 2006

Sinn Fein MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy has paid tribute to the fire fighters who have been fighting a forest fire on Slieve Gullion near Meigh over the past 24 hours.

Mr Murphy said:

“Slieve Gullion is one of the most scenic areas we have. This had the potential to engulf the entire forest area, however due to the heroic efforts of over 100 fire fighters damage has been limited to a much smaller area. All of those involved deserve our thanks and praise.

“Given the recent hot spell the ground is very dry and I would appeal to people visiting areas like this to be extra careful when disposing of items like cigarettes. It is all our responsibility of all of us to ensure that events like this do not start as a result of our own negligence or carelessness.” ENDS

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