Sinn Féin - On Your Side

EPA granting of incinerator licence a "travesty" says local councillor

2 December, 2008

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Daithí Doolan has described the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to grant a licence for the building of an incinerator at Ringsend as a "travesty" which, he said, "would not be accepted by the local community". He went on call on the Minister for the Environment and local TD, John Gormley, to consider his cabinet position as a result of the decision.

Cllr. Doolan said, "The Environmental Protection Agency is a contradiction in terms. It is an absolute travesty that the agency charged with protecting our environment has granted a licence to a facility that will encourage the increased production of waste across Dublin and beyond.

"Local residents are rightly up in arms over this decision. They are very angry but are also very determined to ensure that this is not the end of the road by a long shot. If it takes a court challenge then they are prepared to go down that route and I'll certainly be supporting them in that.

"What is most disappointing in all of this is the role of the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley. As a local opposition TD he railed against this proposal from the very start and now as the Minister in charge he has done nothing to prevent it. He now needs to put up or shut up -- either bring an end to this crazy plan or step down as Minister for the Environment." ENDS

Connect with Sinn Féin