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Sinn Féin making environmental protection a political priority

13 November, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan, speaking ahead of today's Sinn Féin National Conference on Waste Management, urged all political parities, "to sign up to a Zero Waste Charter and ensure that our economic growth is not at the expense of our environment. Protection of our environment must become a cross party priority for us all."

Speaking in Dublin this morning Councillor Doolan said:

"Everyone has the right to a safe, clean and unpolluted environment. Sinn Féin is committed to upholding that right and challenging those who would impose incinerators and landfill dumps on communities. These are not the solutions to our waste management crisis, in fact they will only contribute to the problem. These are short term, profit motivated, unsustainable solutions.

"Today's conference will give people from across the island an opportunity to change the direction of waste management in Ireland to one which is sustainable, community based and makes environmental and economic sense. The adoption of a waste management policy which has zero waste as its ultimate goal will remove the need for incineration and landfill, it will also benefit the people of Ireland today as well as ensuring a better quality of life for the future."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, "I find it ironic that as we meet today only across the street private consultants meet to promote incineration and massage this community into accepting an incinerator in Ringsend. To ensure our voices are heard we will be hosting a protest outside their meeting." ENDS

Sinn Féin Waste Management conference today 10:30am-4pm Ringsend Community Centre, Ringsend.

Anti Incineration Protest, 12am Ringsend Technical School, Cambridge Road, Ringsend.

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