14 February 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Chief Executive of Monaghan Co Council Eugene Cummins has denied claims that the local authority is spending more on cleaning up the sludge from diesel laundering than on the roads in the county.

The assertion was made by Fianna Fáil councillor PJ O’Hanlon at the February meeting of Monaghan Co Council last week.

“There is more money spent here in Co Monaghan on diesel wash than on the upkeep of local and national roads,” stated Councillor O’Hanlon during a discussion that took place surrounding recent news reports about the dumping of chemicals in Lough Muckno in Castleblayney and the River Fane in Dundalk.

Mr Cummins disputed this by saying he would not like people to think that the local authority was spending more on cleaning up the waste from diesel washing than on the roads in the county.

Fine Gael councillor David Maxwell referred to how a report in one newspaper claimed that 400 times the maximum amount of chemicals had been dumped in Lough Muckno. These had supposedly come from a diesel laundering plant in South Armagh. Councillor Maxwell asked if the council had …

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