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Minister for Environment states he will not oppose incinerator

27 June, 2007

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment, Cllr. Daithí Doolan, has today expressed deep disappointment that the Minister for Environment will not oppose the incinerator for Poolbeg Peninsula.

Speaking this afternoon in Ringsend Cllr. Daithí Doolan said,

"Today’s response from Minister Gormley's to a Parliamentary Question Sinn Fein tabled show how he has already buckled on this central issue. The Parliamentary Question asked the Minister to introduce legislation prohibiting the introduction of incineration. Unfortunately his response is far from satisfactory. His reply stated that the Programme for Government does not include any such commitment nor would such a ban on incineration be consistent with EU legislation. Those of us involved in the long campaign against this incinerator had hoped a change of government and in particular a Green Party Minister would have brought a change of policy but unfortunately this is not to be.

Cllr. Doolan concluded by saying

"The Green Party must clearly and unequivocally come out and state they will stop this incinerator going ahead. If the TD for the area and Minister for the Environment John Gormley can not make such a statement then he must seriously review his situation in government."

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