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Operation Sandcastle was a British Ministry of Defense operation conducted in 1955-56 to dispose of chemical weapons at sea. On 25 July 1955 the SS Empire Claire , the SS Forester and Navy escorts, Mull and Sir Walter Campbell left Cairnryan carrying 16.000 chemical bombs They reached the scuttling point (56/30’00”N 12/00’00”W) in the early morning of 27 July but waited for aircraft photo-reconnaissance till 10.00 hrs. http://www.wikipedia.org/Operation Sandcastle.
Well done mise le meas- its very hard to find info on this. There is also film footage of the dumping so I’ve been told.
This has been raised in the Dail 1995 below is excerpt and link. http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/1995/03/23/00003.asp
Dr. McDaid: I seek leave under Standing Order 30 to move the  Adjournment of the Dáil to discuss a matter of grave importance, namely, the fact that the British Ministry of Defence has admitted for the first time that hundreds of thousands of tonnes of chemical weapons and poison gas were dumped off the Donegal coast. It has admitted that 3,500 tonnes of 23 pound artillery shells containing mustard gas, tabrun and sarin nerve gas were dumped in sealed containers — that is, one foot of concrete — over the side of British vessels about 30 miles off the Donegal coast. This is but the tip of the iceberg in terms of the information that is available to me.
Was reading your story in the daily paper , i am English and married an Irish man and decided to relocate here , but when i spoke to my dad of this , his response was , i would prefer that you not move to Donegal , when questioned further , he explained to me about the dumping of this toxic waste , and the fact it was encased in concrete , which would of disintegrated after all those years under water ,I hope you can get answers to your questions !Government is not being forth coming with their answers as usual, he knew over 40 years ago, why were the people not made aware of this in Donegal ?
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