Specialist team begins asbestos clean-up

An air-monitoring device outside a home on O' Loughlin Road.
A specialist engineering team has arrived onsite at O’ Loughlin Road to begin the arduous task of cleaning up the asbestos-strewn neighbourhood.

A specialist engineering team has arrived onsite at O’ Loughlin Road to begin the arduous task of cleaning up the asbestos-strewn neighbourhood.

The Freshford-based company, Phoenix Environmental Safety, deals in asbestos consultancy and air-monitoring issues. Equipment is currently in place along the road to assess the extent of the problem and monitor the air for airborne asbestos fibre levels.

Their first task is to remove the loose debris from the public roadway and footpaths. This operation is expected to take the rest of the day. Only then will it be possible to re-open the public roadway .

When the road has been cleaned satisfactorily, the loose debris will have to be removed from the roof of the Nowlan Park stand. Specialist machinery will be required for this .

Clean up operations will then commence in front gardens and open spaces. This will be handpicked by the contractors so will take some time and possibly repeat visits.

In addition, debris will be removed from the roofs and gutter of affected houses, although it is understood that this is not a priority at this time. Damaged roofs will be attended to immediately, however, initially the repairs may be temporary .

The GAA have undertaken to communicate with the residents by leaflet drop and possibly provide some limited refreshments in Aras Cearbhaill. It’s understood several local people have left their homes and are staying with relatives.