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Withdrawal of Critical Infrastructure Bill is a victory for Anti Incineration Campaign - Doolan

10 December, 2004

Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson on Dublin City Council Councillor Daithí Doolan has said that the decision by Environment Minister Dick Roche to withdraw the Critical Infrastructure Bill from the Cabinet is "a major victory for the Anti Incineration Campaign".

Speaking from Dublin today he said:

"The Critical Infrastructure Bill was a completely anti democratic bill. It was designed to help the Government to impose incinerators and motorways on communities where they are not wanted. This bill was a Government attempt to get around listening to the people who may oppose their projects.

"The withdrawal of the bill is a welcome u-turn in Government policy and was obviously brought on by the enormous amount of public pressure brought to bear on the Government by the very people that they where trying to ignore.

"People in my own constituency have been very vocal in their opposition to the incinerator at the Poolbeg Peninsula. I would like to congratulate the people of Dublin South East and indeed I would like to congratulate all the people throughout Dublin who have lobbied and protested against incineration because they have obviously played a major role in bringing about this decision.

"This decision is a major victory for the Anti Incineration Campaign and I hope we can go on now to secure the complete reversal of the policy of incineration and the introduction of a Reduce, Re-use and Recycle policy for waste management." ENDS

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