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Friday 9 December 2016

'City chief needs to apologise to the people and the councillors' - anti-incinerator campaigners

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Owen Keegan
Owen Keegan
Siobhan Windle
Damien Cassidy

People who campaigned against the Poolbeg Incinerator have criticised remarks by Dublin City Council's (DCC) top official regarding the project's opponents.

Mr Keegan told the US company involved in providing the incinerator service that Dublin city and Dun Laoighaire/Rathdown councillors who voted overwhelmingly against the project did not have the power to stop the project.

The four chief executives of the four Dublin councils have the power to ensure the continued development of the incinerators despite councillors voting against it," stated Mr Keegan,

Damien Cassidy, chairman of Ringsend/Irishtown Environmental Group, said Mr Keegan's statements were "disgraceful" and "anti-democratic" as the councillors were representing the people's opposition to the incinerator.

"All these councillors were voted in by the people and it is known throughout the length and breadth of Sandymount, Irishtown and Ringsend that this thing is not wanted," Mr Keegan said.

He rejected Mr Keegan's claim that the number of objectors was relatively small.

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Sandymount native Siobhan Windle also accused Mr Keegan of being "anti-democratic" as the councillors were elected to represent the people.

"He should follow what the councillors say. He has too much power.

"He needs to apologise to the people and to the councillors," she said.

The incinerator will be "too gigantic" in dealing with lorries of waste from all over Dublin, Kildare and elsewhere, she added.

Aileen Graham, who campaigned against the incinerator, said local government was "the first tier of democracy" and it should be "out of the question" that elected council members' votes are "ignored."

The incinerator, currently under construction, is expected to be completed next year.

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