Friends of the Irish Environment have written to the President, Mary McAleese, seeking her assurances that she will not in future attend ceremonies at which balloons are released into the environment. The President last week attended a ceremony in west Cork at which 331 balloons were released as part of the memorial service held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Air India air crash. Balloons released in this manner become 'marine debris' and are a lethal hazard for sea turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, and seabirds who mistake them for squid and other natural prey.

Press Release and letter to Mary McAlesse

Media coverage:
Ecologist blow up at McAlesse over 'lethal' balloons



Friends of the Irish Environment have written to the President, Mary McAleese, seeking her assurances that she will not in future attend ceremonies at which balloons are released into the environment. The President last week attended a ceremony in west Cork at which 331 balloons were released as part of the memorial service held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Air India air crash. Balloons released in this manner become 'marine debris' and are a lethal hazard for sea turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, and seabirds who mistake them for squid and other natural prey.

Press Release and letter to Mary McAlesse

Media coverage:
Ecologist blow up at McAlesse over 'lethal' balloons


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