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Doolan - Smell forces company to close

21 September, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin Environment Spokesperson & Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today demanded, "that City Council Management rectify the foul odour from the Ringsend Waster Treatment Plant as a matter of urgency before more jobs are lost in the area."

Speaking at today in Ringsend, Cllr. Doolan said:

"I was shocked yesterday to find out that a local builders supply company is set to close due to the constant foul odours coming from the water treatment plant here in Ringsend. I visited the site today and had a meeting with it's directors and staff. I assured them that I would do all I could to save the construction and garden supply company. The directors have invested over €320,000 in this company only to be forced to close after 5 months business. Business was increasing but the smell from the neighbouring water treatment plant began to keep customers away.

"Ringsend has lost too much in recent years, in 2002 the Irish Glass Bottle Company shut its doors and now a local builders supply company is being forced out of the area. This was the first business to locate here on the Poolbeg Peninsula in many years and now because of foul odours it appears it will have to close. The City Management must assume responsibility for any of these job loses. Every time the issue of the foul smell was raised we were told that the problem is being sorted. This is totally unacceptable to me and flies in the face of any confidence the public can have in the same management opening an incinerator in Ringsend."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, said, "I will be meeting with City Council Management on Friday afternoon and will demand that a written guarantee is given that the problems surrounding the plant be rectified in 2 months. I will not stand by and allow further job loses hit Ringsend."‚ ENDS

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