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City Council vote must be upheld by City Management

15 February, 2005

Sinn Féin Dublin South East Representative, Cllr. Daithí Doolan, has called on, "the Management of Dublin City to abide by the democratic wishes of the overwhelming majority of City Councillors and to scrap the council's plan for an incinerator on the Poolbeg Peninsula".

Speaking today in Ringsend, Cllr. Doolan said, "the plan for an incinerator here on the Poolbeg Peninsula is dead in the water as far as I am concerned. The vote at last night's City Council meeting was a massive endorsement for those of us who have campaigned long and hard against the incinerator. The real issue now is to uphold last night's decision and the protection of democracy in this city. The motion to exclude incineration from the City Development Plan was put, the debate was had, the vote was taken. And now the City Management and indeed the government must act accordingly. To impose an incinerator now would be a travesty of democracy and local government.

"Nobody doubts this city faces a waste crisis. The decision by City Council will allow us to put in place a comprehensive waste management plan that actually tackles the waste crisis this city faces. Sinn Féin along with NGOs, environmental and residents groups will continue to campaign for the adoption of a Zero Waste Strategy which aims to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan demanded, "that the City management and Minister for Environment Dick Roche come put publicly and state their position, and make it clear that there will be no incinerator on the Poolbeg Peninsula in accordance of the wishes of Dublin City Council". ENDS

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