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Poolbeg incinerator scandal must be stopped - Cllr. Mícheál Mac Donncha

27 February, 2014

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha has described as scandalous the determination of the Dublin City Manager and the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to proceed with the Poolbeg incinerator despite a report from the Council's Audit Committee that it has no confidence in the project. Cllr. Mac Donncha said:

"The Audit Committee of Dublin City Council has issued a damning indictment of the Poolbeg incinerator. It is saying that it is 'still not in a position to provide assurance to the City Council that current project governance and risk management arrangements are fit for purpose for a large and complex project of this nature'.

"The Audit Committee reached the same conclusion a year ago, comissioned a further study of the project and has now come to the same conclusion in a letter just issued to the Mayor and City Councillors.

"This unwanted and unnecessary waste incinerator has already cost €96 million in public money before a block is even laid on the derelict site at Poolbeg. The elected members of the City Council have repeatedly voted against it yet successive City Managers and Government Ministers have driven forward with it.

"It is a scandal of national proportions and it must be stopped. The Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan should call a halt to it once and for all. The Sinn Féin Councillors will be making that demand at the Dublin City Council meeting next Monday."

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