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Doolan slams €1bn incineration deal

23 August, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment & Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, today slammed recent reports, "that a deal has already been done on the proposed incinerator for Ringsend."

Speaking in Ringsend today, Cllr. Doolan said:

"Recent reports reveal that a €1bn incineration deal will be announced next month. The proposed deal is between Dublin City Council and a Danish firm, Eslam Engineering, to build and operate an incinerator on the Poolbeg Peninsula in Ringsend. These revelations are a disgrace and fly in the face of any accountability or transparency. It must be remembered that the City Development Plan clearly excludes any incinerator for Ringsend. The development plan was voted on and agreed by the Councillors of this City and management need to remember this and act accordingly. Under the deal to be announced Eslam will have a contract to operate the incinerator for 20 years, this shows absolutely no commitment to really tackling the waste crisis this city faces.

"If we are to avoid sending Dublin down the expensive, unpopular route of incineration, imagination and leadership needs to be shown and standards set. In 2007 all landfills here in Dublin will be closed. We need to stop depending on landfill and incineration before the crisis becomes a catastrophe, so action needs to be taken now. Sinn Féin will continue to work for the adoption of a Zero Waste Strategy. This strategy actually removes the dependency on landfills and incinerators through the reduction, reusing and recycling of waste.

"The management of this City had better rethink their own strategy if they believe they can simply rail road an incinerator into Ringsend. Their incinerator is not wanted, needed or indeed workable. Residents can be assured that they will have my ongoing active support in using every avenue open to us in opposing this incinerator."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, demanded , "that increasing the rate of recycling should now be the priority for Dublin local authorities and not the imposition of expensive incinerators on our communities." ENDS

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