West Tyrone MP Órfhlaith Begley and Sinn Fein councillors from Donegal and Tyrone at the site
Sinn Féin representatives from Tyrone and Donegal have called for urgent answers on Friday’s landslide near the Meenbog Wind farm which has caused substantial damage to the Mournebeg river and fish farm.
Upon visiting the site and seeing at first hand the devastation caused, West Tyrone MP Órfhlaith Begley said their representatives took immediate action in contacting all relevant statutory agencies regarding the emergency plan, the safety of the drinking water in the area.
“We have also called for all works to stop until a full investigation has been carried out and the full extent of the damage caused is known.
“We will also be raising this directly with the relevant Executive ministers and will be continuing to work with Cllr Gary Doherty and our Donegal TDs to ensure a joined up approach is adopted.
Continuing local Derry City and Strabane district councillor, Kieran McGuire added:
“Further to Friday’s landslide NI Water say the drinking water should not be affected from the Ardstraw treatment plant due to the sensors they have in place which can close the inlet, they have also been taking samples.
“The Loughs Agency are extremely worried in relation to the fish stock in the Mournebeg River and the Derg River below Glassagh Bridge but this is obviously hard to assess at this early stage, SF has an urgent meeting request in to the Loughs Agency to see what exactly was signed off on in terms of Environmental Statement.
“The planning authority and environmental health have been contacted as a consultee we need to ensure they are consulted as part of a revised environmental statement.
“We will be contacting DAERA Rivers Agency to get a sense of how this leaves the river system and the possibility of this causing further flooding North of the landslide on the Mournebeg/Derg river,” he said.
If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Live editorial team any time. To contact Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press, email email@example.com To contact Donegal Post, email firstname.lastname@example.org To contact Inish Times, email email@example.com.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.