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Sinn Féin invites new Environment Minister to public meeting on incineration

29 September, 2004

Sinn Féin representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan has invited newly appointed Environment Minister Dick Roche to attend a public meeting in Ringsend to discuss the community's opposition to the proposed incinerator for Poolbeg Peninsula. The meeting will take place Thursday at the Ringsend Community Centre at 8:00PM.

Councillor Doolan said:

"I would like to invite Minister Roche to come to Ringsend tomorrow night to hear at first hand the community‚s overwhelming opposition to the proposed incinerator. The Minister has a unique opportunity to use his new portfolio to reverse the tide of disastrous policies from his predecessors, especially in relation to forcing incineration on a community that clearly oppose it.

"There is a waste management crisis in this city but we must deal with it in an integrated, holistic way. Sinn Féin have provided one such strategy in our document 'A Zero Waste Strategy for the Dublin Region' This is based on reducing the demand to produce and consume waste, reuse where appropriate and the investment in our fledgling recycling industry. To simply build incineration into any waste management plan contradicts what we aim to do.

"I urge the Minister to attend this public meeting and to bring a new, progressive, community focused approach to the waste management crisis." ENDS

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