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de Brun meets Ringsend residents on landfill concerns

27 November, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brun has met with a residents group in the Ringsend area outside Coleraine Co. Derry about their concerns that four waste management sites could be located within three to four miles of each other.

The European Parliament is currently investigating the problem following a successful petition lodged by party colleague Billy Leonard, a Sinn Féin Councillor for the area.

Ms de Brun said:

"Four sites to be situated in such a small area is obviously a source of concern. It was therefore timely that I met with the residents group so that I could both listen to their detailed points of view and talk about possible outcomes of the petition.

"This is a good example of local political action linking in with the European Parliament. The Petitions Committee in Brussels will examine the entire picture and the potential combined effect of four such sites. There are European directives which this local question can be measured against and if a determination was eventually issued by Brussels it could have a positive result for the people of the area.

"I was therefore delighted to meet with the residents along with our local representatives and we can assure the community that Sinn Féin will continue to work on this issue and link local action with action in Brussels." ENDS

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