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Minister for Environment must respond to Council,s incinerator statement - Doolan

25 June, 2007

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment, Cllr. Daithí Doolan, has today expressed deep disappointment at this afternoon‚s statement by Dublin City Council management to push ahead with the proposed incinerator for Poolbeg Peninsula.

Speaking this afternoon from City Hall Cllr. Daithí Doolan said, "Today‚s statement will be greeted by the residents and environmental campaigners here in Dublin South East with both anger and disappointment. The officials of this City Council must remember that Councillors have continued to vote against this incinerator. The proposed incinerator is unworkable as much as it is unwanted.

The fact that this incinerator is in the Minister for Environment, Deputy John Gormley's very own constituency shows how important it is for his credibility to step in and stop this proposal immediately. To date the Green Minister‚s response has been totally inadequate to a major challenge facing the incoming government. Those of us involved in the long campaign against this incinerator had hoped a change of government would have brought a change of policy but unfortunately this is not to be."

Cllr Doolan continued:

"Those of us still committed to winning the campaign must now redouble our efforts and ensure that the Minister hears our voices loud and clear.

This city faces a waste management crisis but to continue to bury and burn our waste is a deeply flawed and totally unacceptable policy. We must rule out the option of incineration and invest in a programme to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste. Sinn Féin will continue to stand by local communities and campaign with communities to implement a Zero Waste Strategy for Dublin. It has become the only credible solution to the waste crisis."

Cllr. Doolan concluded by saying:

"I have contacted the Minister directly calling on him to rule out the proposed incinerator. In light of this afternoon‚s statement he must now make his position publicly clear."

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