Roundup herbicide not being used in Kilkenny

The new product however still contains the controversial ingredient glyphosate

Darren Hassett

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Roundup herbicide not being used in Kilkenny

Glyphosate is present in Roundup weedkiller

Kilkenny County Council no longer uses the controversial weedkiller “Roundup”, a senior engineer at the local authority has confirmed.

At this month’s meeting of Piltown Municipal District, area engineer Ian Gardner told members that the local authority hasn’t used the herbicide in the “last couple of years”.

Cllr Melissa O’Neill described it as “great news” after previously bringing a motion - which was later withdrawn - before a meeting of Kilkenny County Council calling for a ban on the use of glyphosate in public areas here.

The ingredient is a controversial one found in some herbicides like Roundup, with one recent study suggesting it may be carcinogenic, while others dispute this. Mr Gardner said they now use Gallup for weedkilling - which is lower in strength.

However, details of this product online reveal that one of its ingredients is “glyphosate”.

Director of Services at Kilkenny County Council, Tim Butler, confirmed to the Kilkenny People that the local authority “complies with relevant EU and Health & Safety regulations with regard to use of herbicides”.

Earlier this month, the EU’s 28 countries failed to approve or reject the Commission’s proposal for a five-year extension to the licence allowing glyphosate to be used.

The chemical’s current EU licence expires on December 15 of this year.

EU officials discussed the glyphosate reauthorisation again at a committee meeting on November 6 and they are expected to resubmit the proposal to Parliament.