Toxic sludge near Irish border was 'largest' find this year

Forty-five thousand litres of toxic sludge left on a trailer near the Irish border is "the single largest" incident of its kind this year.

The sludge, which is highly hazardous, is the by-product of diesel laundering.

It was put in plastic containers on an abandoned trailer and left on a lay-by off the M1 motorway, near the junction for Jonesborough, County Armagh.

Louth County Council confirmed it was the largest single dumping of the sludge.

Specialist contractors retained by the council are due to remove it to a safe storage facility in Dundalk, County Lough, on Thursday evening.

The council said it deals with dozens of such incidents every year.

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