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Doolan calls for Coalition Against Incineration

20 May, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Daithí Doolan, speaking today in Ringsend, ahead of tonight's major anti incineration public meeting has called on all political parties, "to form a Coalition Against Incineration and to sign an anti incineration pledge. This must not just be the candidates but the parties they represent, committing themselves to opposing incineration anywhere in Dublin. The proposed incinerator for Ringsend must be met with cross party opposition. Our environment and our health must not be allowed to become a political football particularly at election time. It is time the public knew where their political parties stood on this serious issue."

Mr. Doolan said:

"Candidates and the parties they represent have varying positions on the issue of incineration. It was the major political parties, including Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour that voted for incineration in December 1998 when debating the Waste Management Plan for Dublin. We now need to move the waste management debate beyond land fill or incineration.

"Sinn Féin has offered a credible alternative, we have launched and called for the implementation of a Zero Waste Strategy, a strategy based on actually tackling the waste crisis at source. This strategy is aimed at reducing the waste we produce, reusing where appropriate and investing in our fledging recycling industry."

Mr. Doolan concluded by calling on parties, "to rise to the challenge and support this proposal and form a Coalition Against Incineration. The public, their health and our environment deserves nothing less than cross party support." ENDS

For further information contact Daithí [email protected] 086 8534666

The public meeting takes place tonight, May 20th, 8pm

Clanna Gael GAA Club
Sean Moore road
Dublin 4

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