23 September 2004 Edition

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City Management tries to force incinerator through

Dublin City Management are attempting to go ahead with plans to erect an incinerator at Dublin's Poolbeg Peninsula, despite the overwhelming support received by a Sinn Féin motion last week which prevents an incinerator from being built there.

Sinn Féin representative for Dublin Southeast, Councillor Daithí Doolan said on Wednesday that Sinn Féin would not allow unelected officials to reverse the majority decision of the council.

"Last week, Dublin City Council overwhelmingly endorsed Sinn Féin's motion calling for the re-zoning of the Poolbeg Peninsula to prohibit incineration by a margin of 32 votes to five," Doolan said. "The City Management has indicated it intends to defy the Council's vote and push ahead with the incinerator. The vote cannot and will not be undermined or ignored by the City's Management. No amount of threats or bullying can change the council's decision. This has now become an issue not just about incineration but about democracy itself."

Doolan said Sinn Féin had launched a campaign to highlight the City Management's intentions.

"We intend to take this campaign to the streets, to go door to door across the constituency and to mount an information campaign," he said. "What Dublin City must now pursue is a Waste Management Strategy that respects the wishes of the majority and implements a sustainable, workable waste strategy. We have provided such a strategy, one that is based on reducing the demand to produce and consume waste, reuses where appropriate, and invests 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."

Doolan called on all parties to take part in a protest rally on Saturday 25 September, which will take place outside Ringsend Technical School on Cambridge Road, at 12 noon, and also to attend a public meeting on Thursday 30 September, in Ringsend Community Centre at 8pm.

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