Incinerator would damage massive potential of Cork Harbour - Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said that the locating of an Incinerator in Cork Harbour would be deeply detrimental and damaging to the strategic potential of the area.
He also highlighted the huge scope for the harbour to be developed for leisure use.
Deputy O’Laoghaire made the comments as part of his oral submission to An Bord Pleanála this morning.
“Cork Harbour is one of the most significant assets we have in this County. It has seen significant developments in recent years, and there is considerable potential for future positive developments and growth, provided there is the right strategy and investment."
"Such worthwhile developments include the ongoing development of the NMCI, and IMERC campus including the Beaufort Building and Wave energy research lab.
“I re-emphasise that it would rather perverse to see that an Incinerator, with all the risks, hazards and potential implications for the local environment, would be located almost side by side with a world class research facility examining Wave Energy, with clean, 21st Century Energy being researched adjacent to an incinerator."
"Approval would go totally against the strategy that is developing for the Harbour, by Cork County Council, various Departments, and the community. There are three Masterplan areas within sight of the location, and numerous important strategic assets."
“Cork Harbour is seen by some as a heavy industrial location, but it is not the heavy dirty industry that once dominated the area. And more and more a cleaner harbour is paving the way for leisure use of our waters.
“We want to see the day when there is significant maritime traffic, of all sorts of differing sizes of craft, travelling from Camden to Spike to Passage to Blackrock to Cork, and being able to stop at all the piers and marinas available."
“Given the history in the Harbour and it’s beauty, this has great potential, and a huge economic byproducts for the towns and villages that make up the Harbour.
“The possibility of increasing the tourism numbers in the Harbour would surely be discouraged by the location of a significant, 240,000-tonne-per-annum incinerator in the locality, will damage that."
“Tourists, whether domestic or otherwise, don’t want to travelling and visiting a harbour, with an enormous incinerator "
“All of these developments, are part of the reorientation of Cork Harbour. Its heavy industrial era is passing, and a new future is opening up, that is potentially kinder to the local community, and the Local environment.
“Approval for the Incinerator would be deeply damaging to this potential."
“Let us make this decision on the basis of the Cork Harbour of the future, not on the Cork Harbour of the past.”