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Roscommon farmer hands in 4kg of deadly chemical cyanide

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The deadly cyanide handed in to the EPA in Roscommon over the weekend (image via Denis Naughten/Twitter)
The deadly cyanide handed in to the EPA in Roscommon over the weekend (image via Denis Naughten/Twitter)

A Roscommon farmer handed over a huge quantity of deadly cyanide to the Environmental Protection Agency over the weekend.

The Irish Times reports on the handover, which happened at a hazardous waste collection facility set up in Roscommon town over the weekend.

According to the Times, the environmental officer on duty believed that 4kg of the highly poisonous substance might be enough to 'wipe out most of the county'.

The farmer had owned the cyanide for 40 years and its use on farms to kill vermin and pets was common.

Local TD and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten posted a picture of the substance to Twitter to encourage others who were holding potentially hazardous materials on farms to come forward.