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Sinn Féin to bring forward Dail motion to stop Dublin incinerator

8 March, 2006

 Sinn Féin’s Dublin Environment Spokesperson & Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has announced, "that Sinn Fein will be tabling a Dail motion today calling on the Minister for Environment to ensure that no further work is carried out in relation to the proposed incinerator on Dublin's Poolbeg Peninsula."

Speaking this morning at an anti incinerator campaign meeting, Cllr. Doolan said:

"Today's motion is crucial if we are to stop the proposed incinerator. It is demanding that the Minister for Environment & Local Government Reform, Dick Roche, takes note that the City Development Plan adopted by Councillors in Dublin prohibits any thermal treatment plant being built on the Peninsula. Therefore he has no choice but to uphold the democratic wishes of  Dublin City Council and ensure no incinerator is built there.

“Across Europe, in the US and Canada incinerators are being shut down as the argument for incineration is being lost. Similarly here in Ireland we need to tackle the waste crisis at source, we need to reduce the waste at production, reuse where appropriate and invest in our recycling industry. If the proposed incinerator goes ahead in Dublin then incineration will get locked into the waste management cycle and becomes virtually impossible to remove. If incinerators are allowed to become the cornerstone then their appetite needs to be satisfied by increasing our production and consumption of waste. This can not be allowed to happen. Here in Dublin we have the opportunity to  make a real difference to the waste management for the Dublin region by abandoning incineration and adopting a Zero Waste Strategy.”  

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, urged, “all political parties to work with us to ensure the success of this motion and an incinerator free future for Dublin.”
  The full Dail motion reads:  

“That Dáil Éireann

Noting that the City Development Plan adopted by Dublin City Council in 2005 prohibits any thermal treatment on the Poolbeg Peninsula,

Calls on the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to ensure that the democratic wishes of the elected members of Dublin City Council are upheld and that no further work is carried out in relation to the development of an incinerator on the Poolbeg Peninsula, Dublin 4 or it's surrounding environs.”  - Arthur Morgan T.D




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