August 25, 2008

30,000 Hit By Slip-Up


UP to 30,000 people were without water yesterday after a bog landslide polluted water courses and threatened reservoirs.

Boil notices were issued following the soil slip in Kerry's Stack's Mountains. According to council estimates the problem could continue for some time.

Anglers expressed dismay at the pollution of the rivers Feale and Smearlagh, and Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris called for a "thorough investigation into the causes."

Wildlife including the protected hen harrier as well as frogs and hares may also have been affected.

The Stack's area has been designated for wind farm development . A number have been constructed and locals fear the bog moved because of work on a new wind farm over the past week.

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