Dangerous asbestos dumped on Curragh

A quantity of a dangerous substance was found dumped in the Curragh over the weekend and arrangements have been made to remove it.

A quantity of a dangerous substance was found dumped in the Curragh over the weekend and arrangements have been made to remove it.

Last Saturday asbestos was discovered dumped near the Hollow road in the Curragh Plains in Kildare.

Kildare County Council spokesperson, Annette Aspell, said yesterday morning that the Curragh rangers had organised a private company to remove it.

At the time of going to press it was expected that would be done yesterday.

Asbestos is very dangerous. If inhaled it can cause major illness over the long term damaging the human lungs.

It is known to cause cancer and is banned by the European Union. There are now strict conditions on dealing with it under Irish health and 
safety legislation.

The material can only be removed by a registered asbestos hygiene specialist.

Kildare County Council will safely remove it to a special registered waste site where a certificate will be issued.

The cost of removal is not cheap.

The Department of Defence, on whose land the material was found, were initially involved in dealing 
with the matter.

Commenting on the asbestos find, Jason Turner, Tus Nua spokesperson, said dumping is hitting an all time high around various parts of our county. “This was a mindless act with no consideration to the public where we have people out walking and children playing.

Anyone finding such material should contact their local Garda Station as soon as possible.

- Henry Bauress