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Sinn Féin to meet City Manager over Poolbeg incinerator decision

15 September, 2004

Sinn Féin representative for Dublin South East Councillor Daithí Doolan has been in touch with the management of Dublin City Council this morning following last night's decision of the Council to keep the Poolbeg Peninsula incinerator free.

Councillor Doolan said:

"Last night Dublin City Council voted by a substantial majority to keep the Poolbeg Peninsula incinerator free. This is an important step for the Council but it is just one step and it needs to be followed up by the development of a sustainable long-term strategy for dealing with waste management in Dublin City.

"We believe that consecutive government policies of increasing the use of incinerators as an alternative to diminishing landfills is a case of going from bad to worse. It is a short-sighted approach which will have a hugely detrimental impact on our environment and our economy.

"The emphasis of any waste management strategy must be on the promotion of strategies at the top of the waste hierarchy (reduction, reuse, recovery where it is without damaging consequences) instead of the status quo which focuses on strategies at the bottom (recovery and disposal).

"The fact that 80% of waste, since the adoption of the current waste management plan in December 1998, in the Dublin City Council area is still going to landfill shows that little progress has been made. Given that 136,000 householders in the Dublin City council area are now using green bin or bag service it raises questions regarding enforcement and compliance with the bye-laws regarding segregation.

"I will be discussing all of these matters with the City Manager in the coming days and seeking his support. It is important that last nights decision is upheld by the City Management but if they attempt to overturn the decision it will be met with firm opposition from Sinn Féin and all those who oppose incineration.

"Last night's decision also highlights the urgent need for the repeal of government legislation which handed power in relation waste management strategies away from local authorities to unelected officials." ENDS

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