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Irish Sea munitions dump 10 times bigger than MOD originally thought

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The Ministry of Defence initially thought the munitions dump in the Irish Sea that has dogged plans for a transport link between Northern Ireland and Scotland was 10 times smaller than it really is.

Defence officials also believed that dumping had only started after the Second World War - when it began after the First.

Proposed by Boris Johnson in 2018 at an estimated cost of around £20bn, plans for a 21-mile bridge connecting Northern Ireland and Scotland were widely criticised at the time.


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