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1 August 2001

Sinn Fťin TD slams incinerator approval  

The  decision  by Meath County Council to approve a planning application by Indaver  Ireland  for  a  waste  incinerator  at  Carronstown,  Duleek,  on  the Meath/Louth  county  border,  has  been  slammed  by Cavan/Monaghan DŠil Deputy, CaoimhghŪn ” CaolŠin.  The  Sinn  Fťin  TD  has described this announcement as "disturbing but not unexpected".  He said:   "Given  the  decision  by  Minister Dempsey and his Fianna FŠil/Progressive Democrat   cabinet  colleagues  to  dump  democracy  with  the  passage  of  the mis-described  Waste  Management  (Amendment) Bill, there can be little surprise that  plans  were  already  well  advanced  to  cater  to  the  demands  of  the pro-incinerator  lobby.  That  the elected voices of the people of Co. Louth had rejected  such a proposal and had their decision affirmed in the High Court, has counted  for  nought with this Minister and Government. The important amendments that  I  and  my  Sinn  Fťin  colleagues in Monaghan County Council successfully steered  through  the  council  debate  on the regional plan as presented by the appointed consultants, have now also been dumped by this Minister." "It  is  important  that people know that this Government, who made much of their  1999  Constitutional  Amendment that saw Local Democracy enshrined in the Constitution  wilfully  undermined  our system of local government, granting the power  over  decisions regarding waste  to the City and County Managers and with no  recourse  to the Council chamber. The elected voices of the people have been cast to one side," said Deputy ” CaolŠin.   The  Sinn  Fťin  TD  stated  that  he  expected that the campaigning groups opposing the planned incinerator would bring their case to An Bord PleanŠla.

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