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John Gormley turns his back on the people of Dublin

2 December, 2008

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has today slammed Environment Minister John Gormley for nonchalantly overseeing government incineration policy that the people of the city have said time and time again they do not want.


The Dublin MEP said:


“Today’s announcement by the EPA that they have granted a licence for the planned incinerator at Poolbeg will come as a further blow to the people of Dublin South East who have campaigned so vigorously its development.


“Minister Gormley, prior to leading his party into government with Fianna Fáil, campaigned alongside his Dublin South East constituents against the proposed incinerator. In fact the Green party leader was one of the most vocal and prominent voices against the government’s incineration policy.  Yet today he nonchalantly oversees the very same policy he once fought so vocally against.


“The people of Dublin South East have continuously rejected the proposed incinerator and they are not alone in their refusal to accept bad government policy making. Businesses and residents throughout Rathcoole have lodged hundreds of objections against the planned incinerator at Behan's Quarry.


“Minister Gormley issued a spineless statement this morning on foot of the EPA’s announcement stating that his “personal position as a local resident and public representative in regard to incineration generally, and this facility in particular, is well known and has not changed” but then goes on to list a plethora of excuses as to why he has done nothing to reverse the government’s incineration plans since taking office last year.


“The people of this city deserve better. They deserve to have their concerns listened to. They deserve to be heard. They deserve political leadership that will act in their interest. The Green Party have failed on all these counts. They have refused to listen to the people’s rejection of Lisbon choosing instead to collude with government in orchestrating a possible re-run of the very same Treaty next year. They have failed in their commitment to deliver the broadband roll our scheme by the end of this year. They have failed to remove incineration from the governments waste management policy.


“Sinn Féin will continue to campaign alongside the community of Dublin South East in their fight against the Poolbeg incinerator. We will also continue to promote our policy against incineration. The people of Dublin must be listened to and we will work alongside them to make sure their voice is heard.” ENDS



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