Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has said parties must work together to put in place a new management structure and plan to address the immediate issues facing Lough Neagh.
The party’s environment spokesperson said:
“I welcome cross-party agreement in the Assembly today calling on the Executive to work together to tackle the crisis facing Lough Neagh.
“Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater body in Ireland, provides more than 40% of the north’s drinking water and plays a key role in our environment, biodiversity and the local economies of the areas that surround it.
“We need to see all departments and agencies working together to deal with the serious issue of toxic algae in the lough and the surrounding area, and its impact on water quality and the local environment.
“Lough Neagh is a huge asset for all the communities who live close to its shores, and it has so much untapped potential.
“The lough should now be brought into public ownership to develop a clear management structure and to keep it safe and sustainable for future generations.”