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Superdump is one arm of a failed strategy-Doolan

16 October, 2006


Sinn Féin's Dublin Environment Spokesperson & Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today called on, "An Bord Pleanala to reject Fingal County Council's request for planning permission for the proposed land fill super dump in the Lusk, County Dublin."

Speaking at today's An Bord Pleanala hearing in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, Cllr. Doolan said:

"The proposal to build a landfill super dump in the Lusk area flies against any rationale thinking. This is clearly a trade off, Poolbeg Peninsula must take an incinerator while the people of Lusk must take a super dump in return."

Cllr. Doolan explains, "The Dublin Regional Waste Strategy is a flawed plan which sees a super dump and an incinerator being built in Dublin. The superdump is one arm of a dual strategy doomed to failure. The plan envisages an incinerator being built in the Ringsend , Sandymount area and a super dump being built in Lusk. Both communities are being betrayed by Dublin's local authorities. The proposed super-dump is to be built in one of Ireland's most fertile land with over 50% of all fresh fruit and vegetables produced in this country coming from the site of the proposed land fill. The risk of contamination from the land fill may well make this 650 million euro economy redundant. With over 300 water wells in this area the water, with an output of 35m liters a day, the water system will be put under threat form this land fill. A leak form the land fill would pollute the water system and render it unsuitable on a permanent basis for local food suppliers.

"No one doubts that Dublin faces a waste management crisis, but simply burning and burying our waste is not the solution. The bullyboy tactics of local authorities shown in Ringsend and Lusk are unacceptable. Communities on both sides of the Liffey are committed to defeating the failed strategy of burning and burying our waste. Both land fill and incinerator must be opposed and the plans rubbished. A strategy of tackling the waste crisis at source must be implemented, a strategy that aims at reducing, reusing and recycling. With the ultimate objective of Zero Waste for Dublin."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, called on, "An Bord Pleanala to reject Fingal County Council's request for planning permission for the proposed land fill super dump."

Anti Super-dump protest to take place at 10.45am today outside Greshan hotel, O‚Connell street, Dublin.

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