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Cullen must address concerns regarding appointment of Indaver manager to EPA

21 July, 2004


Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Arthur Morgan T.D. has called on Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Martin Cullen T.D to address the serious concerns that have been raised regarding the appointment of a former project manager with the incineration company Indaver Ireland as a director with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Deputy Morgan said, "It is critically important that the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Martin Cullen T.D address the serious concerns that have been raised regarding the appointment of a former project manager with the incineration company Indaver Ireland as a director with the Environmental Protection Agency. This move will undermine public confidence in the EPA which at this crucial stage is still in the process of assessing license applications by Indaver for incinerators at Carranstown, Co. Meath and Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.

"Communities battling to prevent incinerators being imposed on them are stunned and angry at the decisions which at its most benign shows very poor judgment by Minister Cullen and at its worst represents an attempt by the Minister and the Cabinet to institutionalise incineration.

"I would ask the Minister to reconsider this appointment, which has the potential to destroy public confidence in the EPA. Protocols must be put in place to ensure that advocates for a particular interest cannot be appointed to bodies such as the EPA, which have crucial decision-making and regulatory powers.

"It is clear that Martin Cullen has used the opportunity of the Dáil recess to allow this announcement to be made in order to avoid questions from the opposition regarding the appropriateness of the appointment. The Minister should make himself available to the Committee on the Environment and Local Government to address the justifiable concerns which have been raised in relation to the issue." ENDS

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