Northern Ireland

Tonnes of waste returned from Fermanagh to Republic of Ireland

Waste being removed Image copyright Environment Agency
Image caption Waste being removed from the site at Killadeas

Work has begun to return thousands of tonnes of waste illegally dumped in County Fermanagh to the Republic of Ireland.

The Environment Agency and authorities in the Republic are working on returning about 2,000 tonnes of waste from a site near Killadeas.

It is being put into a landfill site in the Republic.

It is the third Northern Ireland site in the last year from which waste will be returned across the border.

About 4,000 tonnes of waste was removed from a site close to Fivemiletown in County Tyrone and a further 4,000 tonnes from a site near Omagh.

The latest removal is expected to take up to five weeks to complete.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: "The continuation of work to remove and repatriate waste from these three sites this year further demonstrates our commitment to tackle illegal waste.

"This work will help protect the environment and I welcome our counterparts in the Republic of Ireland co-operating with us to address the scourge of illegal dumping."

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