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Doolan slams government's Band Aid approach to waste management

21 February, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East Daithí Doolan attending today's official opening of a recycling centre in Ringsend slammed the government's approach to the waste management crisis as "wholly inadequate".

Mr. Doolan said:

"While the opening of this household waste recycling centre is to be welcomed, it is like putting a band aid on an open wound, something which makes it like almost every other government policy. Even the government must see the irony of opening a recycling centre in a community into which it is trying to foist a massive incinerator.

"This a government who feel it necessary to bring in draconian legislation to assist them in their plan to impose hazardous incinerators in our cities and towns. The people will not be fooled by their cynical attempt to dodge their responsibility for properly dealing with the waste management crisis.

"The real solution is to deal with the crisis in a holistic way that addresses the causes and not just the consequences of the waste crisis.

"Sinn Féin's recently released Waste Management Charter outlines our campaign for a viable, sustainable and responsible response to our waste crisis. We are taking it to community groups, environmental groups, the business community and the farming sector. We aim to enlist their support so as the charter will become all inclusive and not restricted to any one section of our society." ENDS

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