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Minister must assure his constituents that there will be no incinerator on the Poolbeg Peninsula – Morgan

26 June, 2007

Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has called on the new Green Party Minister for the Environment John Gormley to give an assurance to his constituents in Dublin South East that an incinerator will not be built on the Poolbeg Peninsula. Deputy Morgan was speaking today after Dublin City Council confirmed that they have negotiated a deal with a Danish firm to design, build and operate an incinerator if planning permission is granted.

Deputy Morgan said, "John Gormley and the Green Party, along with Sinn Féin have been outspoken opponents of incineration in Ireland. Indeed the Minister has been to the fore in the campaign against incineration on the Poolbeg Peninsula and was one of the 2,600 objectors to the Ringsend Plant. Many people in the area had hoped that with the Greens in Government and with John Gormley as Environment Minister the campaign would be won. It is now up to Minister Gormley to stand by his position and give an assurance to his constituents that the incinerator will not be built on the Poolbeg Peninsula.

"This incinerator must not be given the go ahead. It is clearly against the wishes of the local community and their elected representative on Dublin City Council who have repeatedly voted against it. Minister Gormley, as Minister for Local Government, should now look at measures to reinforce democracy at Council level by eliminating the powers of management to over-rule the decision of democratically elected members.

"If this incinerator gets the go ahead it will have wider implications for the fight against incineration in other constituencies such as in Cork and in Carronstown in my own constituency. 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 which has become the only credible solution to the waste crisis." ENDS

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