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Poolbeg Incinerator a multi-million euro waste – O’Toole

19 July, 2010

Sinn Fein Dublin City Council group leader Councillor Larry O’Toole has slammed the massive waste of money that has been incurred already and is still to come because of the Poolbeg Incinerator.

O’Toole said questions had to answered about the cost surrounding the incinerator when in every other area of public spending cuts are being made.

Speaking today Councillor O’Toole said:

“From the very start of this project, Sinn Féin has been the only party to oppose the incinerator on Dublin City Council, with Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour all variously supporting incineration as a method of waste disposal. Our approach was based on environmental concerns but the financial implications of the project came into it. We had discovered in 2008 for example that the DCC manager had already spent €20 million on public relations relating to the incinerator in the ten years since it was announced.

“We know now that as delays continue on the project, Ireland could be facing fines of up to €500,000 a day because we are not complying with EU landfill directives. There are many questions to be answered by the parties who supported this project which is now an albatross around the neck of DCC and Irish taxpayers’.

“First and foremost, we should be told if Coventa, the American company behind the project that has actually been fined in the US for breaching environmental laws, has a ‘comfort letter’. This letter would mean they would receive a significant pay-off were the incinerator not to go ahead. Whether they get a pay-off, or John Gormley continues to delay the project, it all boils down to multiple of millions of taxpayers’ money been blown at a time when every other area of public spending is being cut.

“Sinn Fein was correct to oppose this project from its inception and again we have shown political judgement far exceeding other political parties. It's time for them to ‘fess up to their monumental mistake of supporting incineration and start coming up with a plan as to how we extricate ourselves both practically and financially from this mess.” ENDS

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