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Secrecy around hydrogen cyanide saga continues - Brady

17 July, 2008

Wicklow Sinn Féin representative Councillor John Brady has said a veil of secrecy continues around the disposal of seven cylinders of hydrogen cyanide this week. Councillor John Brady welcomed the fact that the deadly chemical was neutralised rather than burned and said that this is what the community had been arguing for but the council, right up to the last minute, was saying was not possible.

Councillor Brady also said the Green Party was extremely quiet on this issue and is only now putting its head above the parapet.

Councillor Brady said, "I welcome the fact that this deadly chemical was not disposed of in Manor Kilbride in the manner proposed by the council. However the veil of secrecy around this whole saga continues.

"Officials from South Dublin County Council were, up to early yesterday, meeting with members of the community trying to assure them that burning the chemical was the only way forward and that it was completely safe. The council never intended to tell the community here in Wicklow of its highly dangerous plan to incinerate the chemical in Manor Kilbride. Residents only became aware of the plan when information was leaked.

"The Green Party has been particularly quiet during this campaign and are only now putting their head above the parapet. They didn't participate in the campaign, didn't attend any meetings and even refused to answer or return calls from members of the committee established to oppose the incineration. Yet they have the neck to come out today and attack those who stood up for their community.

"The fact that the chemical was neutralised and not burned is a victory for the local community and the tactics they deployed despite. It also confirms what the people were saying and what the council was denying -- that this was a very dangerous process that the council were determined to push ahead with.

"The manor in which the council eventually disposed of the hydrogen cyanide was synonymous of the secrecy that surrounded its original plan. I'm sure the people of Clondalkin would have wanted to know that this chemical was being disposed in their community before it went ahead.

"The question must also arise of how much this whole debacle has cost the tax-payer." ENDS

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