Republican News · Thursday 12 October 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Incinerator protest reaches Dublin Castle

Representatives from community and environmental groups from all over Ireland came to Dublin on Tuesday, 10 October, to protest their opposition to incineration in any part of Ireland. They were picketing the Irish Danish Conference in Dublin Castle, where many so called `experts' and council managements were gathered together to consider the Danish model for Waste Management.

``It is not an acceptable model for Ireland. Denmark has destroyed their agricultural environment with incineration pollution,'' said Daithí Doolan, Sinn Féin representative for Ringsend, where the government proposes to place an incinerator. ``We have no need whatsoever to slavishly follow their model.''

Donal Ó Bearra, a UDC member all the way from Ennis, Co Clare, pointed out the dishonesty in linking our need to reduce dependence upon landfill with incineration. ``These two are not alternatives, and it is dishonest to suggest that they are.''

Campaigners came from all over the country. There were 17 areas represented. Some came from as far away as Cork, Clare, and Waterford, to protest their opposition.

Meanwhile the campaign to stop consukltants MC O'Sullivan's draft plans across the regions suffered a reverse in County Roscommon, two weeks ago, when Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael councillors loudly professed their opposition to incineration in the morning, and then in the afternoon, when the vote was taken, trooped back into the council to vote support for the plan. ``This would not have happened, had there been Sinn Féin Councillors on Roscommon County Council,'' said one anguished campaigner, disgusted at the deception of the councillors.

Last week there was a landmark decision at a special meeting of South Dublin County Council, which heard a resounding `No' to any household charge for waste collection. Of the four Dublin Authorities, only Dun-Laoghaire-Rathdown Council has imposed annual charges for waste collection. Dublin City Corporation has yet to take a decision.

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