Toxic sludge dumped on Belfast-Dublin motorway

Louth County Council officials and Gardai are investigating the dumping of highly toxic diesel sludge on the Dublin-Belfast motorway.

The material was discovered in a trailer on the hard shoulder of the motorway at 07:00 GMT this morning.

The trailer, which was stolen overnight, was abandoned at Ravensdale, a mile from the border on the northbound carriageway.

It contained an estimated 40 tonnes of the toxic sludge.

The material is a by-product of the process of removing marker dye from agricultural diesel.

A spokesperson for Louth County Council said the clean-up and safe disposal of the toxic sludge would cost up to 50,000 euros.