First Steps to Public Space as Haulbowline Toxic Dump Clean up begins

Construction works to transform the former toxic dump site into a public space on Haulbowline is to begin next month. Yesterday Cork County Council signed an €8 million contract with PJ Hegarty & Sons commence remediation of the East Tip as the main focus of the Haulbowline Island remediation project.

Haulbowline Toxic Dump Remediation

Haulbowline, Cork Redeveloped site is on east side of the island (Credit Google Maps)

Commenting at the signing, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D said “I am delighted that the tender process for this crucial step has been successfully concluded and that we can now look forward to the core remediation work at Haulbowline Island being addressed.  The Government is committed to remediating Haulbowline Island and the East Tip is one of the most important aspects to be addressed”.

The works will include marine elements to prevent tidal incursions to the site, access and infrastructure works and capping the waste materials to render the site safe, stable and suitable for future uses.

The Minister went on to say “We can expect remediation works will intensify from now until late 2018. There will be significant construction activity on the island, it will bring substantial benefits to the local economy and transform the Island into a genuine national infrastructural asset. ”

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