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Council decision on Poolbeg must not be defied by unelected officials

22 September, 2004

Sinn Féin representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today announced that "Sinn Féin will lead a campaign to ensure that last week's City Council decision not to build an incineration on the Poolbeg Peninsula will be upheld despite threats from City Management".

Councillor Doolan said:

"Last week Dublin City Council overwhelmingly endorsed Sinn Féin‚s motion calling for the rezoning of the Poolbeg Peninsula to prohibit incineration by a margin of 32 votes to 5. The City Management has indicated it intends to defy the Council‚s vote and push ahead with the incinerator. Last week's vote can not and will not be undermined or ignored by the City's Management. No amount of threats or bullying can change the Council's decision. This has now become an issue not just about incineration but about democracy itself.

"Sinn Féin has launched a campaign to highlight this assault on democracy by the City Management. We intend to take this campaign to the streets, to go door to door across the constituency and to mount an information campaign. We have also organised a protest and rally which will take place this Saturday in Ringsend and a public meeting next Thursday.

"What Dublin City must now pursue is a Waste Management Strategy that respects the wishes of the majority and implement a sustainable, workable waste strategy. Sinn Féin have provided such a strategy "A Zero Waste Strategy" one that is based on reducing the demand to produce and consume waste, reuse where appropriate and the investment in our fledgling recycling industry. It is a strategy that goes to the source of our waste crisis rather than becoming dependant on landfill or incineration.

"Sinn Féin has called on all parties to ensure that unelected city offiials are not allowed to simply bury or burn democracy along with our waste. This campaign will ensure our mandates will not be ignored." ENDS

Protest Saturday September 25th, 12 noon Ringsend Technical School, Cambridge Road, Ringsend.

Public meeting Thursday September 30th 8pm Ringsend Community Centre, Ringsend.

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