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Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton has demanded that action be taken to deal with the noxious smells in Youghal. Both Cork County Council and the Environmental Protection Agency have been aware of the problems for quite some time but very little has been done to address the problem.

“I have received numerous complaints from residents in Youghal. They are very distressed at the noxious smells that seem to be emanating from the Foxhole area. I know that many complaints have been made to Cork County Council and the Environmental Protection Agency on this issue also. It is not good enough that residents of Youghal have to endure these foul odours, which some people have told me have led to them becoming physically sick.

“I have written to the Minister for the Environment and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment asking both of them to take action in the event that the EPA and Cork County Council fail to do so.”

“I am aware that there are sensitivities around highlighting matters such as this especially as Youghal depends so much on tourism. However with a new tourism season due to begin shortly it is very important that this matter is dealt with now, once and for all, and that the emission of these odours from whatever source cease immediately.

“This matter has been ongoing for a number of years. Residents of Youghal deserve better.