Concerns raised over ‘thousands’ of dead fish at Castleplunkett

Fears have been expressed this week that thousands of dead fish are located in a turlough at Castleplunkett and could contaminate local drinking water.  Fianna Fáil councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice, right,  raised the matter at a meeting of Roscommon Municipal District in Áras an Chontae on Monday.

  He said that he had received a report from a resident who was concerned that “thousands upon thousands” of dead fish were located in a turlough that had caused flooding in the area.

  “The smell of them is something else at this stage,” Cllr. Fitzmaurice said.

  He said that the height of the turlough had recently receded after a spell of fine weather, but added: “I would be concerned that, if we had rain again, they would be washed into the water system.

  “In the past, a dye survey was done in Castleplunkett and some of it came up in one of the water supplies. I would be concerned that if they weren’t removed, they could contaminate one of the water supplies.”

  He said that such a supply was located nearby.

  “We can’t take chances on this. People’s safety has to come first,” Cllr. Fitzmaurice said, calling for their immediate removal.

  John Mockler, the co-ordinator of the municipal district, said that he had asked the Council’s environment section to investigate the matter.