Northern Ireland

Mark H Durkan orders 'root and branch' review of environment agency

Image caption Mark H Durkan wants a 'fit for purpose' agency

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has ordered a review of the agency that oversees the protection of the environment.

Mr Durkan told BBC Radio Ulster's Inside Politics programme he wants a "fit for purpose" agency.

It comes after half a million tonnes of illegal waste was dumped in a quarry.

He said the failure to prevent the dumping near the River Faughan in County Londonderry highlighted failures in the agency and his department.

Mr Durkan said: "I think what it really strengthens the argument for is the need for a fit for purpose environment agency, and I am determined to ensure that we do have one.

"I have ordered a root and branch review of the agency, its structures, how it operates, how it responds to concerns raised by the public."

Inside Politics is on BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday, 23 February, at 12:03 GMT, and is available now on BBC iPlayer Radio.

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