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 FIE’s campaign in Europe to have Irish Water customers informed of toxic chemicals exceeding the World Health Organisation and European Union safety standards has failed. An appeal to the EU Ombudsman to require the Commission to make Irish Water inform consumers of chemical ezceedences in their water has failed. Ms O’Reilly said that case law prevented her from requiring the Commission to take legal proceedings against Ireland

Trihalomethanes are toxic compounds, including chloroform, which occur in drinking water as a result of reaction between organic materials, such as peaty soil, when chlorine is added as a disinfectant. Long-term exposure to THMs include an increased risk of certain cancers, such as bladder and colon; reproductive problems such as miscarriages, birth defects, and low birth rates; and damage to the heart, lungs, liver, kidney, and central nervous system.

Irish Water arguing that all Irish Water customers can find out if their water supplies exceed the limit through their website, which ‘they are informed of through Irish Water billing which reaches over 1.5 million domestic premises’.

 Read our Press Release

 Commission letter refusing to take action

 EU Ombudsman letter

IFA’s Richie Flynn’s attack on the Boycott Irish Farmed salmon campaign has switched the media attention from Eamon O’Cuiv. The Connaught Tribune story quoting our reprinting of O’Cuiv’s statement was given a headline by the editor ‘TD wants farmed salmon boycott / Fish farm opponents support O Cuiv's call’

 The Deputy never made such a call and never said he supported a boycott. He said ‘I will not touch farmed salmon because it is a totally unnatural product.’

 Now the IFA has tried to steal the denial game. Flynn claimed that Boycott Irish Farmed salmon ‘campaigns to ruin hundreds of jobs on Irish farms, processing plants, smokeries and shops in Ireland in the run up to Christmas each year’ by ‘deliberately misreported data to give make an entirely false claim regarding chemical residues in Irish farmed organic salmon.’

 The Boycott Irish Farmed salmon has now published two more residue tests that both confirm the presence of the anti-parasitic chemicals Emamectin benzoate and the antibiotic drug Oxytetracycline. One of these tests also confirms the presence of anaesthetic MS222 [tricaine mesilate], used for euthanasia in the aquarium trade.

Read more about the 10 chemicals and why they are there, including the IFA statement.


The Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries has informed Friends of the Irish Environment that the date for the completion of the report of the storm damage leading to the loss of 230,000 adult salmon in February 2014 at Gerahies in Bantry Bay, Co. Cork is 31 December, 2015.


FIE successfully appealed the Department’s refusal to release the preliminary reports and correspondence.


‘The key question that remains is if the damaged installations were subject to a full underwater assessment before restocking, as recommenced by the Engineering Division – and if regular inspections have been brought in to protect us from these disasters’, FIE said.



Eamon O’Cuiv, TD, told the Committee on Agriculture Fisheries and Food, on 1 December 2015 that ‘No one can try to tell me that organic fish farmers do not use chemicals to control for various diseases or lice. Fish produced on such farms can be labelled as organic but I would take the hill lamb over such a fish any day, in terms of it being a natural product. I will not touch farmed salmon because it is a totally unnatural product.’


Today the Boycott Farmed Salmon campaign publishes the results of a pre-slaughter test recorded in 2012 (the last records released after an appeal to the Information Commissioner) that shows a single Marine Harvest fish slaughtered for human consumption reported in July 2012 showed a total of 10 chemical residues.


These included two chemicals designed to paralyse the nervous system of insects like lice (Deltamethrin and Emamectin) which require a withdrawal period in the United States but not in the European Union, the antibiotic Oxytetracycline, the anaesthetic tricaine mesilate, and four anti-oxidants used in the salmon’s food supply as well as two illegal dyes, Malachite green and Leuco malachite green.


6 of the 10 chemicals are not listed by Marine Harvest on their ‘Positive Medicine List’ of chemicals they say they use.


Press Release   |   Test Results

FIE’s 6 year campaign to bring widespread unauthorised industrial peat extraction on Ireland’s raised bog under the planning laws is being met with an attempt to change the law retrospectively to allow the ongoing environmental destruction.

 The President of the High Court, The Hon. Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns, accepted that changes in the legislation were ‘imminent’ in granting an adjournment to the Judicial Review brought by industrial peat extractors challenging An Bord Pleanala’s 2013 ruling that their operations required planning permission.

 ‘More than five years of work to enforce the planning laws is being met with an attempt to change the law retrospectively to allow ongoing environmental destruction - including the ongoing destruction of a Bronze Age bog road by Westlands at Mayne in County Westmeath.

 ‘Is this what Minister Kelly is taking to the Climate Change conference in Paris  next week – the news that Ireland is removing peat extraction from planning controls just as Mary Robinson has called for major fossil fuel reserves to be left in the ground?’

Press Release and links to background information