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McDonald welcomes An Bord Pleanála's rejection of Rathcoole Incinerator

10 February, 2009

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has welcomed An Bord Pleanála decision to reject permission for an incinerator to be built in Rathcoole. The Dublin MEP described the announcement as a tremendous victory for the thousands of residents across west Dublin and beyond who campaigned against the plans.


Speaking today from City Hall Ms McDonald said:


“Today’s announcement is a tremendous victory for the thousands of residents across west Dublin and beyond who campaigned against the plans, particularly the Rathcoole Against Incinerator Dioxins (RAID) campaign group. The group have done fantastic work throughout the campaign and because of this have incurred significant legal and campaigning costs. I would urge local residents to donate to the campaign to help clear these debts. They can do so by visiting


"Despite today’s success we are still left with the government's proposal to build a mass incinerator in Ringsend. However today’s judgment will strengthen the campaign against it. The reasons stated by the board for it's rejection of the Rathcoole plant are the very reasons why Sinn Féin has campaigned for over ten years against the Ringsend incinerator, namely increased traffic and pollution.


“The fact is incineration is not a clean or green method of waste management.


"Green Minister John Gormley’s role in this debate has been deeply disappointing.  The Minister as a local opposition TD campaigned vigorously against incineration yet now despite his position and portfolio in government he has done nothing to prevent it. Today’s decision by An Bord Pleanála must refocus John Gormley to use his position as in government to ensure that incineration is not introduced into Ireland’s waste management system. If he chooses not to do so then he should resign as Minister for the Environment.


“Sinn Féin is opposed to incineration. We support a zero waste management system that includes the methodology of reduction, re-use and recycling. We believe incineration is a totally counter productive technology.  Irish recycling rates have increased significantly in recent years demonstrating that where infrastructure is in place Irish people will reduce reuse and recycle. There is also massive scope for indigenous recycling industries.”


Local Sinn Féin Councillor Shane O’Connor has also welcomed the news that noting, “This decision is a victory for the people of Rathcoole, Saggart, Lucan and surrounding areas who campaigned vigorously against the incinerator.


"The acceptance by An Bord Pleanála of local residents concerns about pollution and traffic congestion vindicates the position of those of us who have long campaigned against incineration as a means of waste disposal not only in west Dublin but across the Capital and across the country.


"I would like to congratulate all of those involved in the campaign for their success.” ENDS


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