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Doolan to raise incineration with Minister

27 September, 2004

Sinn Féin representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan, speaking ahead of tomorrow's National Waste Summit in Croke Park, has said he will be raising the issue of the proposed incinerator for the Poolbeg Peninsula with the Minister for Environment Martin Cullen. "I will be asking Mr Cullen for a firm commitment to not allow unelected City Management officials to overturn the recent vote taken by Dublin City Council against incineration".

Councillor Doolan said "Tomorrow's conference will give us the opportunity to engage with the stakeholders in industry. No one doubts that we face a waste crisis but the only rational approach is to pursue a Waste Management Strategy that respects the wishes of the majority and offers 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. Incineration will only force us to produce and consume more waste."

Cllr. Doolan concluded by calling on Minister Cullen to "listen to and uphold the vote cast by the vast majority of the elected representatives of the people. There is clearly cross party support now for our position. It is imperative that democracy is not burned or buried along with our waste". ENDS

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

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