Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said Leo Varadkar’s talk of tax cuts in the upcoming budget for an undefined “middle” shows that he and his government are not serious about tackling the serious crises in health and housing.
Deputy Doherty said;
"The Taoiseach’s first budget next month will be a choice between cutting taxes or making the necessary investment to start properly tackling these issues. He cannot do both.
“Addressing his Fine Gael colleagues today, Taoiseach Varadkar presented a rehash of old failed policies of tax cuts above all else. Next month, he will face a choice. With limited fiscal space will he make the necessary investment in our public services or will he offer tax cuts for the people he thinks are the middle? He cannot do both.
“Today, we got our answer - tax cuts trump housing and health and always will for Fine Gael. The party that ran an election on the single issue of abolishing the USC is now scrambling around for new ideas having accepted defeat on that populist idea. But the leopard hasn’t changed it spots and tax cuts are again emerging as the only idea Fine Gael is offering.
“This is not a new era of progressive politics from Fine Gael. It is the same old Fine Gael backed by the same old Fianna Fáil promising policies that could potentially lead to another crash.
“The crises in housing and health are now a policy choice of Fine Gael and all those that sustain them in power. They are simply not serious about fixing these issues. Leo Varadkar has confirmed that stance today.”
Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney has slammed the decision by the Department for Infrastructure to approve the proposed waste incinerator at Hightown.
Speaking following the announcement, Mr Kearney commented:
“The Department for Infrastructure decision on the Hightown waste incinerator is wrong and unjustified. It flies in the face of widespread community and political opposition.
“This incinerator poses serious risks to local community health and safety and will have serious repercussions for the environment and surrounding habitat. Years of evidence gathering, along with extensive scientific research, shows that the risk to public health and well-being far outweighs any possible economic benefit.
“The resultant daily transportation by large lorries of thousands of tonnes of waste to the site, and the same in reverse to remove the toxic fly ash produced, presents an obvious high risk to the greater Hightown community.
“In addition, the plant’s high level of dependency on municipal waste is such that all the waste currently available to it would not be sufficient, and therefore even more material would have to be sourced and transported to the site to make it financially viable.
“Sinn Féin remains resolute in our opposition to the waste incinerator at Hightown. I have already requested an urgent meeting with the Department for Infrastructure Permanent Secretary to discuss this situation.
“I have also spoken with the local campaign group NoArc 21 to repeat our Party's support for their campaign and I will be meeting again with their representatives in the coming days. Local Sinn Féin Councillors Michael Goodman and Annemarie Logue and myself will continue to lobby to have this scandalous decision overturned.”
Speaking after a meeting with the Heritage environment section of the Department for Communities Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan welcomed the announcement of a £300k grant to assist much needed repairs on some of the Norths historic buildings but insisted that the department must be cognisant of the very tight time frame for the completion of works.
Mr. McGuigan said
"There are 152 Thatched buildings listed across the North. My own constituency of North Antrim contains a number of listed buildings key to sustaining our built heritage, most of which have thatched roofs. These buildings not only provide a backdrop to our heritage but are an important part of our tourism trade and potential.
"I have been in contact with the department over recent months about this grant so I am delighted with the announcement today that the Repair aspect is now open and will contain a pot of £300k.
"The deadline to submit an application is the 10th October and I would encourage owners of listed buildings to make an application.
“However during the meeting I did raise the fact that the timing of the application process needs to be given due attention by the department.
"Successful applicants would have to ensure that any work on thatched roofs would to take place over the winter months. There is the very real problem that given the tight time constraints and weather conditions alongside the shortage of skilled thatchers some of this work would be impossible to complete.
"These are issues that I hope the department will take into account in following applications to this heritage grant."
An Office of the Digital Safety Commissioner should be established in order to promote a positive and safe online culture for all, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has said.
Deputy Mitchell was responding to the findings of a CyberSafeIreland Annual Report which showed 22% of children were in online contact with strangers while almost 70% of teachers said they do not feel sufficiently resourced to effectively deliver educational messages on internet safety.
The Dublin Bay North TD said:
“With improving digital infrastructure and changing technology, we are seeing children accessing the internet from an increasingly younger age. Online platforms can provide tremendous benefits and resources but they can also pose risks, including exposure to inappropriate or harmful material, and cyberbullying.
“This report recommends that children be empowered to use the internet in a safe and responsible manner. Recently, Sinn Féin published a Bill which aims to establish an Office of the Digital Safety Commissioner. This office would have responsibility for promoting digital safety, reviewing and regulating harmful communications and establishing safer and healthier attitudes for users of digital platforms.
“Online safety is one of the biggest child protection issues of this generation. I hope in the upcoming Budget that the Government will take serious action to promote digital safety and tackle online abuse and harassment.”
Dual language signage is fair, inclusive and an agreed Council policy in Mid-Ulster, Sinn Féin has said.
Commenting today Cllr John McNamee said:
“I welcome the rolling out of the dual language street scheme and would encourage all our residents who want to have their street names in Irish and English to get in contact with us to have it facilitated.
“This was a policy brought forward due to a demand from those who live and pay rates within the council area.
“Opposition to this scheme by the DUP is both is ludicrous and short sighted.
“How can using both English and Irish possibly be described as ‘non-inclusive’. The dual language street sign process is only initiated when requested.
"What this appears to be is yet another example of stubborn opposition to anything that reflects the Irish identity.
“Sinn Féin have always worked with all parties in Mid Ulster, and will continue to do so. The development of the street name scheme was an inclusive process, with all parties able to attend and contribute.”
Elisha McCallion MP has voiced Sinn Féin’s support for a Department of the Economy proposal to extend protections for whistleblowers to disclose corruption and illegality to MPs in the north of Ireland.
The Foyle MP said:
“Citizens should be encouraged and protected from persecution or fear of dismissal in exposing illegality and corruption.
“For government and public services have the full confidence of the public, transparency, honesty and openness must be at their core.”
Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Irish Language Peadar Tóibín TD has said that Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív’s call for Sinn Féin and the Irish language community to capitulate on the issue of the Irish Language Act in the Stormont Assembly negotiations reveals the southern establishment’s hobbyist approach to the Irish Language.
The Meath West TD said:
“For most within Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, the Irish language is a hobby, a part of our cultural heritage to be preserved and commemorated merely as part of our back story. This compares sharply to hundreds of thousands of Irish speakers who see it as a living, breathing necessity.
“We see Irish Language Rights as a real and vital part of our future. Their inclusion within law has real practical benefits in how people engage with education, work, the police, health and the law. It is as practical and as real as an Irish speaking child having access to a speech therapist in the language that he or she speaks.
“Irish language rights include people in the society. Their absence is in effect exclusion and discrimination. We in the south have had a hobbyist approach to the Irish language since the foundation of the state. This has resulted in the pool of children attending primary school education in the Gaeltacht who come from Irish speaking households falling to about 800.
“If Unionists and the southern establishment want to see the Good Friday Agreement work, they need to join with us and ensure it is fully implemented.”
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has criticised Brian Hayes MEP for his reckless comments on Irish neutrality. The Fine Gael MEP was quick to weigh in in favour of European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker’s comments on EU defence integration in his state of the European Union address.
Ms Boylan said that Juncker’s comments are part of the ongoing efforts to add a military dimension to the EU.
The Dublin MEP for Sinn Féin said:
“Neutrality has always been at the centre of Ireland’s foreign policy, and Irish people overwhelmingly support the continuation of this policy. According to a report commissioned by PANA in 2013, 80% of Irish people support neutrality.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs recognises the importance of Irish neutrality. On their website, the Department states ‘Irish neutrality goes hand in hand with our promotion of international peace and stability’. Mr Hayes’s desire for Ireland to join any form of EU military alliance is in stark contrast with Ireland’s longstanding neutrality which has at its core the non-membership of military alliances.
“Ireland has a special position within the EU as one of the only neutral member states and this has not limited Ireland’s role in humanitarian missions. Any moves towards an EU defence union would be a further erosion of national sovereignty. While the threats highlight by Brian Hayes such as cyber security and terrorism are real, he offers no explanation as to what added security benefit would come from the EU taking a stronger role on these issues as there is already significant levels of cooperation between member states on security issues.
“Much on the instability we are seeing in places such as Iraq and Syria is a consequence of the failed policies of military alliances, policies that were aimed at providing greater levels of global security. Any suggestion the Ireland should be part of strengthening Europe's commitment to the failed policies of militarisation does nothing to increase Irish security or seriously address the causes of global instability.”
Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said Tory/DUP cuts to frontline services must be opposed.
The Foyle MP said:
"Today in Derry, Sinn Féin staged a protest outside the Guildhall ahead of a briefing by the Western Trust on proposed cuts to the health service.
"Sinn Féin is totally opposed to these cuts, which we regard as a direct attack on those most in need in our society.
"Instead of cuts, we need to see investment in our health service, just as former health minister Michelle O'Neill called for.
"Sinn Féin will continue to oppose Tory/DUP cuts to our frontline services and will continue to demonstrate, campaign and lobby against austerity."
Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has hit out at Galway West Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Ó Cuiv who stated in a Raidió na Gaeltachta interview this morning that he didn’t know what his party’s policy was on Irish neutrality. His comments come after Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes told EuroParlRadio that Irish neutrality should be reviewed.
Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:
“In the European Parliament this week, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, made clear that he believes EU foreign policy decisions should not be taken by unanimity, but instead by qualified majority voting. He also said that he foresees a fully-fledged defence union, or EU Army, by 2025.
“This is part of the militarisation of the EU that Sinn Féin has been warning about for years. We completely oppose this militarisation, the attempts to reduce sovereignty, and efforts to create a standing EU Army. Successive Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and Labour governments have eroded Irish neutrality and now they are pushing to completely dismantled it by supporting the creation of an EU Army.
“In his Raidió na Gaeltachta interview this morning, Deputy Ó Cuiv stated that neutrality is not an important issue of discussion in Fianna Fáil and he has no idea what his party’s policy is. He also said Sinn Féin had no policies on the issue. This is somewhat surprising considering Sinn Féin has led the opposition to Ireland’s eroding neutrality and EU militarisation.
“Eamon clearly forgets that on 10 March 2015 he voted, along with his Fianna Fáil colleagues, against a Sinn Féin Bill which would have created a referendum to enshrine neutrality in Bunreacht na hÉireann. Fine Gael and Labour TDs also joined with Fianna Fáil to vote it down.
“Then, on 1 December 2016, Fianna Fáil TDs refused to support another Sinn Féin Neutrality Bill and then abstained to allow a meaningless and non-binding amendment from Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance to defeat our hugely important Bill.
“Clearly Eamon, Fianna Fáil, and Fine Gael want to dismantle Irish neutrality by signing us up to an EU defence pact and EU Army. They will seemingly do anything to oppose Sinn Féin’s policy of allowing Irish citizens to vote on whether to enshrine neutrality in Bunreacht na hÉireann. Perhaps, that is because they know neutrality is hugely popular among Irish citizens.”
Michelle Gildernew MP has called for the potential impact of Brexit on children in Ireland not to be underestimated
The Sinn Féin MP was speaking at a cross-party event in Westminster on the rights of children after Brexit, organised by the children's rights charity, Coram.
The Fermanagh South Tyrone MP said:
“The imposition of an EU frontier in Ireland as a result of Brexit will impose severe restrictions on the ability of young people to work, travel and study on the island.
“Some of the highest rates of child deprivation in Ireland exist along the border corridor. Brexit can only make this worse.
“Not enough attention is being paid by Brexiteers in London about the impact of their isolationist crusade on the people of Ireland, but crucially on our children and young people.”
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that “notwithstanding the change of Taoiseach Fine Gael’s time in power has been a story of never-ending crises and monumental failures”.
Speaking following a meeting on the Sinn Féin National Officer Board in East Meath, Teachta Adams said;
“The unprecedented crises in housing, health, and justice have all worsened due to the policies and agenda pursued by Fine Gael in government. There is also a chronic lack of accountability for those in power.
“Any idea of cutting taxes at a time when we have unprecedented crises in health and housing is extremely reckless and signals that Leo Varadkar’s government is not serious about tackling these social catastrophes. In contrast, Sinn Féin's alternative budget proposals will prioritise significant investment in public services.
“For ordinary citizens, it is obvious that the Taoiseach’s so-called ‘republic of opportunity’ will only mean more of the same; inequality, disadvantage, and a bad government making fundamentally bad decisions.”
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has met with the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights to discuss dealing with the legacy of the conflict.
Speaking after meeting the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, in Brussels today, Martina Anderson said:
"I met today with Nils Muiznieks in Strasbourg to discuss the failures of the British government and others to address the legacy of the conflict.
"Sinn Féin MLAs and MPs have met with the PSNI Chief Constable, the PSNI's head of legacy and the NIO to discuss legacy issues in recent weeks and today's engagement is an extension of that.
"I updated him on the recent highly significant rulings from the High Court on the disclosure, or more appropriately, the non-disclosure of files relating to legacy cases, including the activities of the Glenanne gang.
"I also reiterated the need for the British government to release funding to clear the backlog in legacy inquests in line with the proposal from the Lord Chief Justice.
"As well as that, we discussed the continued failure of the British government to implement its commitment to an Act Gaeilge.
"And I also raised the case of imprisoned Derry man Tony Taylor and updated him on the developments calling for his release."
Sinn Féin Jobs and Enterprise spokesperson Maurice Quinlivan TD has said plans from Solidarity/People Before Profit, to build 100,000 homes in the next three to four years are pointless unless they have a plan to get into government to implement their policies.
Teachta Quinlivan was speaking today after Solidarity/PBP ruled out entering a coalition with Sinn Fein after the next general election.
The Limerick City TD said:
“Solidarity/PBP have effectively ruled themselves out of government after the next election which means they will have no opportunity to implement the policies they speak about.
“They speak about building 100,000 homes in the next three to four years while at the same time ruling out going into government with Sinn Féin claiming my party is too right wing for them.
“It is quite clear from this statement that Solidarity/PBP are not interested in being in government and are not serious about implementing their policies.
“Sinn Féin’s position is clear. We do not believe that the crises in health, housing and justice can be sorted out without Sinn Féin in government.
“Therefore we have a responsibility to seek the largest mandate possible to govern and to talk to any and all parties after the election to try and agree a programme for government that puts money on the table to build houses and tackle the health crisis.
“That’s the difference between Sinn Féin and Solidarity/PBP. We are serious about bringing fundamental change in Irish society and to the lives of ordinary Irish people. Solidarity/PBP are more interested in posturing and sniping from the sidelines.”
Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O'Neill has written to the PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton to urge him to launch a concerted effort to tackle loyalist paramilitaries in East Antrim.
The Mid-Ulster MLA was speaking following a recent upsurge in loyalist attacks in the area, including a shooting which targeted a children's bedroom.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“Party colleagues and I met with the Chief Constable on August 8th and raised concerns about the activities of loyalist paramilitaries and in particular their role in recent attacks in the Carrickfergus and Larne areas.
"The situation in East Antrim is becoming increasingly intolerable and I am concerned that not enough is being done to tackle the scourge of loyalist intimidation and violence which has now claimed a number of lives.
“I do acknowledge PSNI efforts that have resulted in a number of arrests where persons are subject to due process but the murderous activities of these groups cannot be tolerated.
"I want to commend the courage of local representatives such as my party colleague Oliver McMullan who has been at the forefront of tacking this issue and assisting victims from all communities. However, it is clear there needs to be a more robust approach from the PSNI.
“The most recent upsurge in loyalist attacks in the area, including a shooting that could have resulted in the death of three children, is a new low and a source of real concern.
“I am therefore urging the Chief Constable to make the necessary resources available to reassure local communities.
“It is vital for community confidence that there is evidence of a PSNI crack down on the criminal activities of loyalist paramilitaries that ends their drug dealing, money laundering, loan sharking and intimidation. All of this fuels their campaign of thuggery, intimidation and violence.
“I accept there is an onus on all of us in civic, public and political leadership to confront the scourge of paramilitarism, criminality and organised crime.
“I am therefore requesting a meeting with the Chief Constable with the Sinn Féin Policing Board Team and our local representative Oliver McMullan as soon as possible to discuss this deteriorating situation.”
Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion has today launched an Oireachtas report on the impact of Brexit on the Good Friday Agreement in the Europa Hotel in Belfast. As Chairperson of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, Deputy Funchion said that the Committee had been considering the implications of Brexit for the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process on the island of Ireland over a series of hearings from September 2016 to June 2017.
The Carlow-Kilkenny TD said:
“The Committee’s report focuses on a number of interlinked areas that directly impact on the Good Friday Agreement. These include; Cross-Border Cooperation, EU Funding, Trade, Free Movement and Security; Constitutional Issues and Reconciliation and Identity.
“This report, the result of nine months of consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, highlights the very real and serious concerns that businesses, communities, think tanks, local authorities, the retail industry, environmental actors, and those working on peace, justice, human rights and reconciliation have. Those concerns must be heard and acted upon.
“One particular concern is around the future of EU funding through the Special EU Programmes Body. Since their inception over 20 years ago, these programmes have provided almost €3.5 billion to projects focusing on issues such as cross border cooperation, peace and reconciliation; infrastructure development, research and innovation. They have benefited hundreds of thousands of people. The scale and importance of these programmes cannot be overstated. A solution for successor programmes must be found. Ireland’s continued EU membership and the role of the North-South Ministerial Council must be explored in this regard.
“There has been much talk of avoiding a hard border – an issue so central to the peace process - yet it remains unclear how that will be achieved if Britain leaves the single market and customs union, which now seems to be a certainty. Clarity is required. The all island economy must not be affected. A tailored solution, taking into account the very unique circumstances on the island of Ireland, is required.
“The Committee is keen to see a functioning power-sharing Executive return to the North. This is so important in ensuring the North’s voice is heard as the negotiations get underway. Our Committee uniquely invites Northern MPs to attend Committee meetings where they have speaking rights to engage with stakeholders and contribute to discussions.
“The report is based on key findings from twelve hearings of the Committee held with stakeholders involved in North-South cooperation and the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. It has always been the intention of the Committee to launch this report in Belfast too. So much of its content refers to the individuals, communities, organisations and enterprises in the North – it is only right that we come here to present it and engage in further discussion on the ground where it matters so much.
Some key findings in the report include:
• Brexit should not distract from any of the outstanding aspects of the Good Friday Agreement being implemented. It has never been more important that the institutions and principles provided for in the Agreement are respected, protected and promoted.
• The North-South Ministerial Council should meet more regularly providing a forum for addressing emerging aspects of the withdrawal process. The EU focus of the North South Ministerial Council’s work will need to be clarified in the course of the negotiations.
• It is the Committee’s strong recommendation that a solution is sought that allows the PEACE and INTERREG EU funded programmes to continue as they are. The Good Friday Agreement provides a clear pretext for such an arrangement. One solution could include funds continuing to flow to Northern Ireland on a ‘lean to’ basis post-Brexit via Ireland’s EU membership and through the North South Ministerial Council. This option should be explored further under the Government’s planning.
• The free-flowing movement of business, commerce and people across the border must be protected. Any restrictions would be negative and retrograde.
• Urgent clarity is required on how a ‘seamless and frictionless border’ as referred to by the UK Government might be possible in the scenario of a UK departure from the Single Market and Customs Union. Creative solutions must be employed to ensure that neither cross-border trade nor intercommunity relations suffer unduly.
• No other cross border model can be transposed to Ireland; a tailored solution for the North of Ireland will have to be developed based on geography, relationships, politics and people on this island.
• The all island economy is the only solution. Greater emphasis must be placed on marketing the island of Ireland as one unit.
• It is essential to invest in informal relationships as the formal ones are withdrawn. This should include at civil society level and in upscaling relationships between councils. In this regard, the Committee acknowledges the important role that the All Island Civic Dialogue has played and urges that it continues to be convened throughout the entire Brexit negotiation process and afterwards if required.
• Issues of reconciliation and identity are not as tangible as economic issues but must be monitored very closely. In this regard, the Committee calls on the Government to commission a detailed study into the potential implications of Brexit for reconciliation which would set benchmarks and provide a tool for measuring the effect of Brexit on the reconciliation process. This would help identify quantitative and qualitative issues which may impinge on reconciliation and stability in detail.
The Implications of Brexit for the Good Friday Agreement: Key Findings http://data.oireachtas.ie/ie/oireachtas/committee/dail/32/joint_committee_on_the_implementation_of_the_good_friday_agreement/reports/2017/2017-06-22_the-implications-of-brexit-for-the-good-friday-agreement-key-findings_en.pdf
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams today attended the formal opening of US company Graebel in Dundalk and welcomed the announcement of 125 new jobs in their shared finance, IT, and accounting services.
Teachta Adams said:
“I want to welcome today's announcement of 125 new jobs in the services sector through Graebel ltd.
“I also want to commend the IDA for its hard work and success in attracting this new employer to Louth.
“This is good news for the local economy. With an unemployment rate of nearly 17%, Louth needs more of these announcements.
“Today’s announcement is a vote of confidence in Dundalk and the wider region.
“However, the government needs to do much more to attract such investment on a continuous basis. This includes ramping-up the delivery of broadband for the area and, as highlighted recently by executives at National Pen, it also means ensuring that employees of these companies have real housing options available to them.”
Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has called on the Irish government to speak out against the European Commission’s plans for grabbing even more economic powers from EU Member States following Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union address this morning.
Mr Carthy, a member of the European Economic and Monetary Affairs, said:
“Today Jean-Claude Juncker stated openly that the Commission wants to end the principle of Council unanimity when it comes to internal market matters including taxation by September 2018; he specifically said he wanted the planned CCCTB (Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base) and several other taxation matters to be dealt with by qualified majority voting instead of by unanimous adoption by Member States in the Council by this time next year.
“I am in favour of EU and international cooperation to tackle tax avoidance across borders, but this call to transfer further fiscal powers away from the Irish government and to the Commission should be an absolute red-line issue for the government. The government needs to make a strong response to this proposal, and robustly defend the principle of unanimous voting in the Council when it comes to taxation measures.”
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has encouraged victims of racist hate crimes to report them to the police.
The party’s spokesperson on equality and social justice said:
“It's a very sad reality that racist hate crimes continue to be committed in our society and that people living in the north of Ireland in particular EU migrant workers, ethnic minorities and those who have come to live and make the north their home have never felt more insecure regarding their vulnerability to hate crime.
“The United Nations Committee in its report on elimination of Racial Discrimination last year welcomed the Racial Equality Strategy as a positive step as a road map to tackle the issue of racial discrimination.
“However, the UN report also noted that in the absence of Equality legislation the North will faces challenges in combating racism. Sinn Féin supports equality legislation to combat racism. “Racism is prevalent and in order to combat it political leadership is needed.
“Sinn Fein believe that everyone has the right to freedom from fear, and this is a challenge for policing and justice systems to meet.
“This is a challenge that must be met without prejudice and respect for human rights.”
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said the decision by the Department of Infrastructure to grant planning permission for an incinerator at Hightown in Glengormley is a disgrace and will have serious environmental, health and safety issues for the area.
The North Belfast MLA said:
“The decision by the Department of Infrastructure to grant planning permission for an incinerator at Hightown in Glengormley is a disgrace and has serious environmental, health and safety issues for the area.
“Residents and all the elected representatives in the area were united in their opposition to the Hightown incinerator.
“This is a reversal of a previous planning decision against an incinerator in the area.
“Sinn Féin is opposed to these incinerators and the damage it will do to the environment.
“In this specific case waste will come from all eleven council areas. This will entail hundreds of lorries travelling through the area on a daily basis with the resulting pollution. The incinerator may also be used to import waste from areas further afield.
“The granting of this application is the wrong decision and is one which will be opposed by Sinn Féin and all the residents in the area.
“Glengormley is a good place to live with many young families joining a growing population making it their home.
“This is the Belfast basin and therefore dispersal of fumes particularly in high pressure weather conditions is poor and will do damage to people’s health.
“Sinn Féin believe the way to deal with waste is reuse, reduce and recycle.”