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‘Sheep dip’ in Laois poses ‘serious danger for children’ as safety works called for


A Laois County Councillor has called for safety works to be carried out on a ‘sheep dip’ to make it safe as it ‘poses serious danger for children’.

Sheep dipping is the immersion of sheep in water containing insecticides and fungicide.

And the one in question here is located on lands at The Heath, according to Fine Gael Councillor PJ Kelly.

“The dip itself is full of water and would be a very dangerous area for children to explore,” he said in a motion lodged at the March meeting of Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District recently.

Cllr Kelly was told that the sheep dip is privately owned, as he previously believed it to be on land owned by Laois County Council.

However, engineer Philip McVeigh said the council would forward the request to the registered owner of the property where the sheep dip is located.

Welcoming the response, Cllr Kelly said: “The mystery is solved as to the ownership.

“I won’t name them to be fair. People on The Heath were of the opinion that it was owned by Laois County Council.

“It was built in 1973 to facilitate The Heath commonage ground, where sheep roam wild. I appreciate your work to contact the owner.”

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