[Sinn Fein]

26th May 2003

Doolan welcomes Cork County Council decision to reject Commercial incinerator

Sinn Fein's Dublin South East Representative Daithi Doolan welcomed the decision of Cork County Council to reject plans for a commercial incinerator in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork. Speaking after the decisive vote Mr. Doolan said that `todays decision has positive implications for those of us campaigning against hazardous incinerators.'

Mr. Doolan said:

``Today's decision by Cork County Council will strengthen the resolve of communities throughout Ireland who have been campaigning for many years against incineration and for a proper waste management strategy. I want to welcome the fact that Councillors in Cork listened to the concerns of their constituents on this matter and took the right decision. It sends a clear message to the Minister for Environment and City Council officials that the public right across the country are opposed to incineration.

``In Dublin we are faced with an even more hazardous situation because companies have already been identified for the proposed incinerator in Ringsend. But it is still not too late to stop this project going ahead. The real alternative is an integrated approach to reducing, reusing and recycling our waste. That is what Sinn Fein is campaigning for and it is what the people of Dublin want to see happen.''

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