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Sinn Féin raise Ringsend dumps issue in Assembly

13 May, 2008

Sinn Féin East Derry MLA Francie Brolly has proposed an adjournment debate in the Assembly on the potential four waste management sites in the Ringsend area.

This is part of the campaign to fight against the cumulative effect of the four sites in a relatively small area and reflects the Petition lodged in the European Parliament by Brolly's colleague Billy Leonard.

Speaking ahead of the debate today Mr Brolly said:

"It is essential to co-ordinate our political action. The debate in the Assembly therefore makes the point to the Minister for the Environment, Arlene Foster, that the community is really fearful that four waste management sites in such a small area could change their community and lives forever.

"It contributes to the momentum of the overall campaign that between the Assembly and the European Parliament Sinn Féin will argue the points of proliferation and proximity. In other words these various plans are, in total, grossly unfair to this community therefore there must be consideration of the effect of all four and not just one site at the time.

"The North West group of councils will have a major site, there are potentially two other private sites and there could also be a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) site. This is a very heavy burden for a small area to take so the authorities must be realistic about this community's future. It is as important as that." ENDS

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