Written Answers - Illegal Dumping.

Tuesday, 11 March 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 563 No. 1

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  365.  Mr. Costello  Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello   asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the contents of three tailings ponds containing hazardous residue from the old lead and zinc mines at Ballysadare, County Sligo, have been illegally dumped into Ballysadare Bay, thereby threatening the bay with a major ecological disaster; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6888/03]

Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. D. Ahern): Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  I am not aware of any illegal dumping of hazardous material in Ballysadare Bay. I understand, however, that Sligo County Council is currently investigating excavations carried out in the vicinity of the old lead and zinc mine at Ballysadare and the effects, if any, of these works on the adjacent environment.


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