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Ringsend protest greet Deputy Mayor

3 April, 2004


Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Daithí Doolan, speaking this morning at a protest of the City Council's Waste Management plan in Ringsend, called on the government to "heed the demands of the community and stop the proposed incinerator."

Mr Doolan said:

"Deputy Lord Mayor Derdrie Heeney launched a waste management plan in Ringsend. We used this opportunity to voice our opposition to the proposed incinerator for the Poolbeg peninsula. We have distributed 1000's of leaflets encouraging residents to come along and let City Council officials know in no uncertain terms that we are totally opposed to an incinerator being imposed on this community.

"In March we carried out a door to door survey of the area, 94% of residents are opposed to the incinerator while 88% support recycling. This indicates just how out of touch City Council are, people want alternatives to incineration. Both local and central government would have us believe that there are only two options when dealing with waste, either burn or bury it. This is entirely untrue, Sinn Féin have produced a waste management charter, 'Towards Zero Waste', it clearly outlines the alternatives to incineration It calls for a waste management plan that actually tackles our waste crisis at source by reducing, reusing and recycling."

Mr. Doolan concluded by calling on, "City Council to adopt the 'Towards Zero Waste' charter. If we are serious about waste management we must tackle it at source. This can only be done through an integrated, holistic approach and not through a simplistic and dangerous policy based on incineration." ENDS

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