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McLaughlin lends support to 'Crumlin Against Asbestos' delegation to Brussels

26 June, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA for South Antrim Mitchel McLaughlin has extended best wishes to the Crumlin Against Asbestos delegation who are today travelling to the European Parliament, Brussels to lobby against the proposed asbestos dump in the area.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"I regret that due to Assembly commitments I am unable to travel with the delegation but I want to take this opportunity to praise the work of those in Ireland and throughout Europe who have campaigned tirelessly to keep the issue of asbestos in the public spotlight, and to ensure that those affected have a voice. I especially commend the Crumlin Against Asbestos campaigners who continue to keep the issue in the spotlight.

"The Crumlin campaigners are being hosted by my party colleague, Bairbre de Brún MEP and will be accompanied by Sinn Féin member of Antrim Borough Council, Councillor Anne Marie Logue. The delegation will meet with European Commission officials as well as MEPs from the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee and Petitions Committee.

Bairbre de Brún MEP who previously presented a report regarding asbestos in Ireland at a major event in the European Parliament entitled 'European Asbestos Conference: Policy, Status and Human Rights' said: "The conference heard medical and legal experts, factory inspectors, those responsible for asbestos removal, politicians and local campaigners from 25 different countries all united in saying that asbestos is a problem for the present and future - not just the past.

Ms de Brún continued: "I am pleased to be hosting Crumlin Against Asbestos campaigners this week in Brussels and to be able to lend support to them and their petition at EU level. The delegation from Crumlin will meet with MEPs from the Petitions Committee and Environment committee of the European Parliament as well as with the European Commission. I remain determined to see strong implementation of the European ban on the use of asbestos and EU wide monitoring of where asbestos material is present in homes, on farms, in public buildings and in social settings. It is important that we get rid of asbestos and it is equally important to have transparency and the highest possible standards in its removal and safe storage." Ends

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