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Sinn Féin to rezone incineration out of City development plan

7 September, 2004

Sinn Féin representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan speaking ahead of tonight's City Council debate on Dublin's City Development Plan, has outlined his party's attempt to "rezone incineration out of the City Development Plan".

Cllr Doolan said:

"Sinn Féin has submitted an amendment to the plan which will only allow industry that is compatible with a non thermal treatment policy. The rezoning we propose tonight will guarantee that no incinerator can be built on the proposed site on the Poolbeg Peninsula. If we win tonight it will be a major victory not just for the local area here in the inner city but will be a victory for the whole of Dublin. I am confident that we do have cross party support with other parties indicating that they now support the campaign to stop the incinerator.

"The site for the proposed incinerator might well be on Poolbeg Peninsula but international studies show that the effects of incineration impact up to 40 kilometers from the actual site. This amendment will allow City Council to seriously address the waste crisis we face. We can no longer simply burn or bury our waste.

"Sinn Féin is committed to working with other political parties and with the communities we represent in order to introduce a Zero Waste Strategy for Dublin, a strategy which actually tackles the crisis at source. It aims to reduce the waste we produce, reuse where practical and invest in our fledgling recycling industry. Tonight is our attempt to ensure that incinerators and their side effects will have no place here in Dublin now or at any time in the future." ENDS

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