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Planning and Development Bill intentionally designed to bypass genuine concerns of the people

4 July, 2006


Sinn Fein spokesperson on Environment, Heritage and Local Government Arthur Morgan TD has condemned the passing of the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Bill in the Dail tonight due to the implications it will have on not only the planning application process but the communities that will now be affected by it.

Deputy Morgan said the Bill was "intentionally calculated to bypass the genuine concerns of people in areas such as Carronstown, Ringaskiddy, the greater Poolbeg area, and Rossport." He expressed disappointment at the way in which the legislation was railroaded through the Dail at so late a stage in the session and felt that this reflected the motivations that were behind the Bill. Due to this Sinn Fein tabled a number of amendments to the Bill.

Deputy Morgan said, "This Bill was designed to facilitate the ramming through of procedures that allow for incinerators to be built under the guise of being of 'strategic infrastructural importance' without any consultation with local communities. It allows for a facility where no regard will be shown for not only the democratic wishes of communities but also the development plans that have been already put in place by the Local Authorities. Indeed, Local Authoritie's powers have been diminished still further by the Government through this legislation and it only serves to show what little regard this Government has for them.

"This Bill was intentionally calculated to bypass the genuine concerns of people in areas such as Carronstown, Ringaskiddy, the greater Poolbeg area, and Rossport. The intention of this legislation was portrayed by the Government as being a way to streamline applications for proposed developments that would be of infrastructural benefit to the greater community as a whole, when in actual fact it will only serve to 'fast-track' purely profit-driven escapades that the public will oppose but they will now have no realistic means of opposing through the planning process.

"Sinn Fein has continually campaigned for legislation to be put in place that will address the deficiencies in the planning process and where the genuine health and safety concerns of communities will be adhered to. Communities should be listened to when Developers propose to put these developments in their back-gardens without any concern for the well-being of those people." ENDS

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