Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and Spokesperson on North-South Bodies & Cross Border Cooperation, Declan Breathnach has said the €35m investment in Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle illustrates the need to tackle environmental issues on a cross-border basis.

Deputy Breathnach explained, “This investment, which will help improve the water quality status of Carlingford Lough, will also see the upgrading of sewerage networks in the county and alleviate pollution problems in Carlingford Lough.

“Once works have taken place, which it is envisioned will happen by the end of 2021, the water quality standard will be raised from moderate to good. This is will have far reaching benefits and will set out a framework for future projects of this nature.

“Louth County Council and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council have collaborated over many years to tackle the polluters, who have long plagued both sides of the border. It is good to see these efforts rewarded by EU investment and further demonstrates the need to tackle environmental issues on cross-border basis”, he concluded.