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Doolan - Dublin Waste Management review seen as a whitewash

27 October, 2004

Sinn Féin representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan has today warned that the review of the current waste management plan for Dublin 'will be seen as a complete whitewash by the people of Dublin'. Cllr Doolan was speaking after it emerged that the same consultants who were contracted to compile the plan in 1998 had been re-contracted to review the current strategy.

Speaking today Cllr Doolan said:

"The news that the same consultants who initially compiled the statutory review on waste management are now reviewing the current strategy, will amaze the citizens of Dublin. When the original plan was formally adopted in 1998 this company endorsed incineration as a solution to the problems of waste in Dublin.

"How can a company that is pro-incinerator and has argued for a pro-incineration response to waste be allowed to review its own original plan? This is an absurd situation and makes them wholly inadequate to conduct the review.

"This review will be seen as a complete whitewash by the people of Dublin. Sinn Féin calls for a total review of the current plan and reiterates our call for a waste management policy which prioritises the reduction of waste and an effective and comprehensive system of recycling and reusing waste materials.

Cllr Doolan concluded by calling on Dublin City Council to "terminate the contract and seek out an impartial company to conduc review of the Waste Management Plan. Any consultant undertaking a review must be regarded as above reproach."ENDS

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