[Sinn Fein]

6 February 2001

Meath County Council backs Sinn Fein motion to re-examine acceptance of incinerator option

Meath County Council has voted by an overwhelming majority to re-examine its earlier acceptance of the North East Waste Management Plan which contains the option of an incinerator.

Meath is Environment and Local Government Minister Noel Dempsey's constituency.

The Council voted on Monday evening to support a motion from Sinn Fein Councillor Joe Reilly calling for a special meeting to review the decision of 3 July 2000 ``given the doubts expressed by members of Meath County Council with regards incineration/thermal treatment as contained in the Waste Management Plan for the North East Region 2000 - 2004, and in view of the fact that the plan has not been adopted''.

The motion was passed by 22 votes to three, with the support of some Fianna Fáil councillors as well as Fine Gael members and Independents.

Cllr Reilly said:

``I believe that  the Regional Waste Management Plan 2000 - 2004 is fundamentally flawed.  The plan is not one for reducing, recycling and reusing but based on increasing the amount of waste so as to keep waste industries in operation.''

Cllr Reilly said that he believes previous presentations to the council had not been balanced in that they favoured incineration.  He said he wants an even-handed debate.  ``Our first priority must be to ensure that in dealing with waste management we do not create greater problems for people's health, the environment and the earth's natural resources.''    ENDS

Details:  Meath County Councillor Joe Reilly @ 087 247 8508

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