Lough Neagh Litigation

Lough Neagh Litigation

We are investigating a group claim legal action and individual actions on behalf of those affected by Blue Green Algae and associated issues in Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in Ireland.

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Northern Ireland gets more than 40% of its drinking water from Lough Neagh. In recent years blooms of toxic blue green algae have been appearing in Lough Neagh. The cause of the blue green algae is debated but many believe that it is caused by pollution and is exacerbated by the lack of effective oversight from Government agencies.

Reports of animal deaths and people becoming ill following exposure to the blue green algae are widespread. The livelihoods of fisherman have been threatened and there is ongoing concern in relation to the safety of the drinking water which comes from Lough Neagh.

Thousands have been affected by the ongoing issues with Lough Neagh and many are seeking answers and accountability from the relevant authorities who have responsibility for Lough Neagh.

Legal action

We have been instructed by a broad spectrum of concerned groups and individuals who are united in the view that urgent action is required by the relevant authorities to address what has been described as a public health emergency in Lough Neagh.

We believe we can assist if you have been affected in any of the following ways:
  • You or your children have been injured (physically and/or psychologically) or become ill following exposure to blue green algae in Lough Neagh.

  • Your property has become damaged as a result of the blue green algae and/or associated issues in Lough Neagh.

  • Your pet has been injured or died as a result of exposure to blue green algae in Lough Neagh.

  • You have suffered loss as a result of being unable to access Lough Neagh; whether financially or otherwise.

  • Your employment is associated or wholly reliant upon Lough Neagh and you have suffered economic loss.

  • You are a member of a group whose activities have been affected by the ongoing issues in Lough Neagh.

You can register an interest by completing our questionnaire or by emailing our team to loughneagh@paduffy.com

Please provide as much detail as possible and a member of our team will then contact you to discuss your options further.

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This form will only take a few minutes to complete. The purpose of the form is to register an interest in taking legal action and to provide us with further details which will assist us in our preliminary investigations:

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What causes the algae blooms in Lough Neagh?

The primary cause of the algae blooms is nutrient pollution, often associated with agricultural runoff and sewage discharges. Excess nutrients, particularly phosphorus and nitrogen, promote the growth of algae.

Why are algae blooms a concern?

Algae blooms can have detrimental effects on water quality. They can lead to reduced oxygen levels, harm aquatic life, and produce toxins that can be harmful to humans and wildlife. Additionally, they can impact recreational activities and aesthetics.

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