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Cullinane attacks Martin Cullen on his failure to tackle waste production

14 May, 2004

Sinn Féin's South candidate David Cullianane has questioned Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Martin Cullen T.D.'s credentials for chairing an Informal Meeting of EU Environment Ministers taking place today in Waterford which is primarily focused on preventing and recycling waste.

Speaking on the eve of an Alternative Social Summit in Waterford over the weekend, Mr. Cullinane said:

"Minister Martin Cullen's own failure to tackle the problem of waste production, to put proper separated waste collection facilities in place in this state along with his enthusiastic promotion of incineration undermines his position as Chairperson of the Council of European Environment Minister's. The Minister needs to prove his own environmental credentials at a state level before he can hope to make any impact in furthering the environmental agenda at a European level.

"Waste management in this state is still characterised by excessive use of landfill and the Minister's only solution to date seems to be continued use of landfill and the planned construction of highly dangerous and extremely unpopular incinerators across the State. Very little is being done to reduce the amount of waste being created. This Minister does not have the inclination to take on the industry which is responsible for the production of the majority of waste. Manufacturers must be made to fulfill their responsibilities in relation to reducing the creation of waste.

The Alternative Social Summit in Waterford this weekend will be characterised by discussions on political and environmental issues, culminating in a march through Waterford on Saturday 15th May, and I would urge people to show their support". ENDS

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