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The message is clear - the people are against incineration

14 February, 2005

Sinn Féin candidate for the Meath by-election, Councillor Joe Reilly has commended resident's groups for continuing the campaign against incineration in Co. Cork. Councillor Reilly was speaking as an oral hearing into the granting of a draft license for the toxic waste incinerator planned for Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, got underway today.

Councillor Reilly said, "People in Meath will be watching events in Ringaskiddy very closely today. The campaign against incineration has been taken up by people in every constituency that incinerators have been proposed. I commend the people of Ringaskiddy for continuing the campaign. The message is clear, the people are against incineration. The campaign will continue here in Meath no matter what the outcome of the hearing in Ringaskiddy.

"Sinn Féin has lodged a formal appeal with the Environmental Protection Agency against the granting of a Waste Licence to Indaver Ireland to operate an incinerator at Carronstown, Duleek, Co Meath. We have a hearing with the EPA on the 7th of March at 11am in the Boyne Valley Hotel.

"Incineration flies in the face of any real environmental waste management strategy and has the effect of locking us into disposal as the prime approach to waste management. Incineration creates a major disincentive for the reduction and recycling of waste as incinerators need to be fed large volumes of waste to remain viable. We need proper commitment and investment from the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government to a waste management policy based on reduction, reuse and recycle guided by the ultimate goal of zero waste." ENDS

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