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Minerals move hard to swallow.

A NEW National Park in the Mourne Mountains could threaten 100 jobs in the sand and gravel business.

Sand and gravel extraction will be banned if the British government gives it the go-ahead.

Harold McKee of Mourne Mineral said that many families in the area have been supported by quarrying for generations.

He said: "The quarries here have been going longer than the oldest people around here."

He also claimed ending sand and gravel extraction would not boost the environment, and added: "For the Park to break even, it would need 3,000 tourists a day."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2007
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