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Port Tunnel is a hazardous waste accident waiting to happen -Doolan

27 July, 2006

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today described as appalling, "the fact that City Council officials have failed meet with Dublin Fire Brigade to discuss how the City will respond to a hazardous waste accident in the Port Tunnel."

Speaking following a meeting representatives of the Dublin Fire Brigade, Cllr. Doolan said:

"The Port Tunnel will be used by 1000‚s of trucks annually, many carrying hazardous waste. Despite this the City Manager has failed to draw up a plan to deal with any accidents involving these trucks. No extra resources have been sought or deployed, no extra personnel appointed, no consultation with Dublin Fire Brigade. If there is an accident involving the transport of hazardous waste there is no plan to put into operation. This lack of preparation is putting the lives of the public at risk. The City Manager has claimed no extra emergency resources are need after the tunnel is finally open, but this is disputed by Dublin Fire Brigade officials. His comments also fly in the face of reason. Right across Europe extra resources are deployed where traffic tunnels are in use. Dublin should be no different.

"The City Manager must meet with representatives of Dublin Fire Brigade to draw up a plan and employ the resources to match the demands of the plan. Burying you head in the sand is no way to run Dublin."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan called on, "the incoming City Manager John Tierney to meet with Dublin Fire Brigade as a matter if urgency to tackle this serious public concern". ENDS

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