Report clears Irish industry of cattle deaths

Final findings of five-year investigation draw whitewash accusations from local population

An unprecedented euros 5.3m (I£4.2m) analysis of health problems on several farms in County Limerick, Ireland, has ruled out air pollution from local industry as the cause. Local people have reacted with incredulity and disapppointment, accusing the national environmental protection agency and other state agencies behind the report of a whitewash.

The investigation was launched in 1995 after serious animal health problems were noted in the area, first affecting cows in the early 1990s. The symptoms progressively worsened up to 1995, including the mysterious deaths of tens of animals.

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