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Dublin City Council meeting is a sham - Councillor Daithí Doolan

8 September, 2014 - by Daithí Doolan

Sinn Féin's Dublin City Councillor Daithí Doolan has branded tonight's Dublin City Council meeting as a sham.

Speaking ahead of tonight's special Dublin City Council meeting on the proposed Poolbeg incinerator, Doolan said;

“Sinn Féin has actively campaigned against the proposed incinerator since it was first introduced in 1998. No one doubts that we face a waste management crisis. But incineration is part of the problem not the solution.

“We need to tackle the crisis at source. To tackle the causes of the waste crisis we believe a Zero Waste Strategy needs to be adopted. This strategy is based on the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle. Building a mass burning utility will only serve to encourage consumption and rubbish. In fact the importation of waste is now a strong possibility simply to keep the mass burner is operation.

“The decision to go ahead with the incinerator has already been agreed by the CEO's of local authorities in Dublin. The Protection of Environment Act puts all the decision making power with the management. This is a travesty. Dublin City Council has consistently voted against this option. But unfortunately consecutive government and management has ignored the democratic wishes of Dublin. Tonight's meeting further undermines democracy.

“To date €100m has been spent on this project. This is a scandal. We would not be facing a housing crisis in Dublin if this money had been redirected in a housing programme as opposed to funding private consultants trying to sell the unsellable.

“Tonight we will be challenging the lies and myths that surround the arguments in favour of incineration. We will be proposing a zero waste strategy that is sustainable, achievable and realistic.”

For further comment call Daithí on 086 3888 152.

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