Louth County Council say level of ‘asbestos’ found at teenage drinking den is safe

A derelict site near the town centre of Dundalk that has become a centre for anti-social and underage drinking has been described as having a “safe level” of asbestos in it

A derelict site near the town centre of Dundalk that has become a centre for anti-social and underage drinking has been described as having a “safe level” of asbestos in it

The site was once home to a leather factory but is now privately owned and sitting idyll.

In recent years local teenagers have used the apparently unsecure site as a drinking den, and concerns have been expressed at the safety of the site.

Speaking to the Democrat, Raymond McKenna confirmed that material at the site had been tested and that there were trace amounts of asbestos.

“It is an active file and the site is under investigation. We will be in communication with the owners of the site regarding the security of it.

“There are roof slates on the site which have small amounts of asbestos in them, but they are contained within the slates and do not pose a serious risk to human health.

“We will be contacting the owners of the site and we will pursue the issue until we get a satisfactory response.”

The paper understands that planning permission was granted on the 12 acre site, but that no construction has taken place there.

“The fact that the premises does not appear to be properly secured means it is a health and safety issue.”

The Democrat understands that members of the council have met with the Louth Environmental Group to discuss the issue which included Mr McKenna and Dr Pamela Dagg of Louth County Council.

An expert tested the material and there were small amounts of asbestos present.

Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, a spokesperson for the LEG said that they are concerned that tiles could be “smashed” by teenagers at the site and that they could be effected by the asbestos.