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Doolan demands Cullen resign on Environment Global Day of Action

4 September, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan speaking ahead at today's Global Day of Action march, called for Minister for Environment Martin Cullen, "to do his bit for the environment and resign before he does any more damage with his proposed plan on incineration.

Cllr Doolan said:

"Today is the International Global Day of Action on the Environment, and nowhere is the battle to protect our health and our environment more clear than here in Ireland. Unfortunately for us we have Minister Martin Cullen who would rather force hazardous incinerators on our communities rather than tackle the current waste management crisis at source. Why? Because it serves the profits of private companies to burn our waste in our backyards.

"Sinn Féin is at the forefront of a broad coalition of forces to oppose the current plan to build incinerators across the state. We must involve political parties, community groups, farmers groups and environmental groups if we are to be successful in protecting our environment from incineration".

"Today's march is about challenging that very thinking. We must face up to our responsibilities on waste, but to do so we must implement waste strategies that are sustainable not strategies based on burning waste for profit. We must continue to promote a Zero Waste Strategy. An internationally recognised strategy that is solution based. A strategy based on actually going to the source of our waste problem by reducing the waste we produce, reusing and recycling. This requires changing our thinking about waste, we must start to see it as a resource as opposed to something that must be buried or burnt." ENDS

Today's Global Action on the Environment march assembles at 12:30pm Garden of Remembrance and will march to Leinster House.

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