GP calls for mercury ban to protect environment
An Irish GP has called on the Government to act to stop businesses continuing to produce medical products which use mercury.
Dr Michael said Ireland still had a long way to go on dealing with the issue.
He told the website: "There needs to be a national publicity campaign to make this an issue.
"Then the collection of the products has to take place in a formalised and systemic manner."
The call came after Norway introduced a total ban on the use of mercury in the manufacturing and import and export of products.
Several other European nations, including France, have already put in place laws to ban the use of mercury by manufacturing businesses.
Mr Michael McKeown, a lecturer in the DCU School of Nursing, said there is no current legislation banning any substance that contains mercury in Ireland.
Once mercury is released into the environment it can change into its more toxic form, methylmercury.
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