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Mayo Senator calls for national plan to deal with Japanese Knotweed

A Mayo Senator is calling for a national plan to deal with the invasive Japanese Knotweed.

FG Senator John O’Mahony has raised the issue in the Seanad, where he said the highly-invasive plant has become a major problem, spreading rapidly across Ireland, along watercourses, transport routes and unmaintained land.

He believes agencies including the OPW. Waterways Ireland and Irish Rail need to work together to tackle the issue, and he says the National Park in Ballycroy will be overrun with Japanese Knotweed if there is not an overall strategy.

While local authorities, including Mayo County Council, are carrying out pilot schemes in some areas, Senator O’Mahony says this piece-meal approach will not work, as a national eradication plan is needed.

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