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Stanley questions decision to proceed with Poolbeg incinerator

18 November, 2014 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Brian Stanley TD, has questioned the decision by Dublin City Manager Eoin Keegan to proceed with a waste incinerator at Poolbeg. He raised the issue when Keegan appeared this afternoon before the Dáil Environment Committee to outline the reasons for reviving the proposal.

Deputy Stanley said:

“There are a number of reasons why there is considerable opposition to the building of an incinerator at Poolbeg. The original plan was based on the need to cope with increasing waste, but the amount of household waste has considerably reduced over the past ten years, and far more people are now leaving their waste to be recycled. So that justification no longer stands.

“There are also health and safety concerns particularly given that the company which is proposed to build the plant has had a poor record, and been fined many times in the United states for breaches of regulations.  

“On top of that we have had €100 million already spent on consultants and various plans for a project that has been consistently rejected by the people of Dublin through their elected representatives, who I am confident would once again vote against the proposal if put to them. Indeed it is the democratically elected city council rather than the appointed City Manager who ought to have the final say on this issue.”

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