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Doolan- €1bn up in smoke

15 October, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment & Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, today slammed,"the use of public money by City Council Management to promote incineration in Ringsend."

Speaking ahead of today's Just Say No 2 Incineration protest, Cllr. Doolan said:

"The City Management and their friends in the incineration business have organised a so called public information session for today in the Ringsend Technical Institute. It is simply an opportunity for Council bureaucrats to use public money to promote incineration. While claiming no real decision has been made on the site of the incinerator, recent reports of a secret 1bn euro incineration deal has infuriated local people. 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, voted on by City Councillor‚s, clearly excludes any incinerator for Ringsend. 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.

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 today's publicity stunt by Management is another attempt to overturn democracy in this city and force incineration into Ringsend."

Just Say No 2 Incineration- today, noon, Ringsend Technical Institute, Cambridge Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4.

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