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Doolan urges Minister Roche to attend public meeting

30 September, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan, speaking ahead of tonight's major anti incineration public meeting in Ringsend, has urged "the new Minister for Environment Dick Roche to take up our invitation to attend this meeting."

Councillor Doolan said:

"The Poolbeg Peninsula is the proposed site for the controversial, hazardous incinerator for Dublin yet no Minister has even outlined to us why this site was chosen or what the criteria was. Tonight's meeting will give the minister a unique opportunity to listen to the concerns of the local community and other campaigning groups. It will also afford us the opportunity to demand that the minister upholds the democratic decision of Dublin City Council to rezone the Poolbeg Peninsula ensuring that no incinerator can be built here in Ringsend.

"The proposed incinerator has little to do with waste management and everything to do with increasing profits of private companies. No one doubts that we face a major waste crisis in the city but what we must do is to apply ourselves to tackling the problem at source. Sinn Féin have provided such a strategy 'A Zero Waste Strategy' one that is based on reducing the demand to produce and consume waste, reuse where appropriate and the investment in our fledgling recycling industry. It is a strategy that goes to the source of our waste crisis rather than becoming dependant on landfill or incineration. Incineration will only force us to produce and consume more waste."

Cllr. Doolan concluded by calling on Minister Roche "not to repeat the mistakes of your predecessors. Break the link with incineration and implement a real waste management strategy that benefits everyone not just the private sector." ENDS

Anti incineration public meeting tonight Thursday September 30th 8pm Ringsend Community Centre, Thorncastle Street, Ringsend. Speakers include Cllr. Daithí Doolan & Arthur Morgan TD.

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