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Private consultants reap €9.4m from incinerator project

4 July, 2006

Sinn Féin's Dublin Environment Spokesperson & Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan, demanded Dublin City Council officials, "to explain how City Council could have spent over 9.4 million euro in public money on consultants for an incinerator that is prohibited by the City Development Plan?"

Speaking today, Cllr. Doolan said:

"Following a question I put the City Manager last night, it has come to light that Council officials have spent over 9.4 million euro of tax payers money on employing private consultants to promote an incinerator which nobody wants. It clearly shows that officials are not serious about tackling the waste crisis in Dublin but instead wants to line the pockets of private consultants. The fact is the proposed incinerator for Poolbeg Peninsula is excluded from the Dublin City Development Plan and this position has been endorsed by City Councillors. No amount of spin by consultants can change that fact.‚"

Cllr. Doolan explains, "no one doubts that this City faces a massive waste crisis, but simply hiring consultants will not solve the problem. We can not allow this to happen. The millions wasted on this public relations racket should rightly have been invested in promoting reduction of waste and invested in community projects and public education. Here in Dublin we have the opportunity to make a real difference by abandoning plans for incineration and adopting a Zero Waste Strategy based on the reducing, reusing and recycling of waste. That would make a real difference to the waste crisis facing this City."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, demanded, "the incoming City Manager, John Tierney, to meet with councillors and to to give a clear undertaking to stop spending millions of public money on spin for an incinerator that he has no mandate to build." ENDS

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