Thousands of tons of waste which was dumped in illegal sites in Northern Ireland is now to be repatriated to the south and re dumped at a controlled site near Ballintra in south Donegal.
The Irish government is to spend €36million on the project, which will see the eventual removal of 250,000 tons of waste material. The initial removal is to take place from Fermanagh, before moving onto Tyrone. 20% of the cost will be bourne by the Northern Ireland authorities themselves.
Independent Cllr Thomas Pringle from Killybegs said that the dump at Ballintra had been under utilised over the past couple of years and therefore was able to accept the extra waste. Read more
Fermanagh/South Tyrone MP, Michelle Gildernew
Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew has welcomed news that waste illegally dumped in the Garrison area of Co Fermanagh is to be removed.
Ms Gildernew said: “I am happy to hear that work has commenced on removing this illegal waste and returning it to proper landfill sites in other areas of Ireland.
Jim Higgins MEP
Jim Higgins MEP for Ireland North West welcomes the GAA road safety campaign
Speaking from his constituency office in Mayo Jim Higgins welcomed the GAA ‘Live to Play’ campaign. Since April Ireland has seen a horrifying reversal of the previous reduction in road deaths. “Every effort must be made to reverse this worrying trend.”
“Young drivers need to be educated as to the dangers of speeding and I must commend the GAA for their innovative thinking.”
Senator Cecilia Keaveney from Donegal
The bombing outside the Strand Road police station in Derry has been condemned by Fianna Fáil Senator Cecilia Keaveney. Senator Keaveney believes that there is a duty on all sections of the community to condemn this terrorist attack.
“It is unacceptable that a small number of people want to push us back to the bad old days,” said Senator Keaveney.
“They just don’t seem to want democracy which was what the Island voted for with the Good Friday Agreement. They don’t recognise the new present of peaceful local governance, with a building of trust and co-operative engagement between two communities.” Read more
Sinn Féin Mayor of Donegal Cora Harvery has said that the most fitting tribute to the hunger strikers of 1981 is to campaign against ‘the modern injustices of today’s Ireland’ and for Irish unity. The first Sinn Féin Mayor of the county in over 80 years was addressing the annual hunger strike commemoration in Drumkeen on Saturday.
During her speech Mayor Harvey told the crowd; “We need to build Sinn Féin across this island and campaign against the modern injustices of today’s Ireland. Discrimination in today’s world exists in our health system and in our dole queues. It exists in the increasing gap between the rich and the poor. It exists in our banking system and it is enforced by our corrupt government. Read more