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Sunday 11 December 2016

South City: Neighbours kick up a stink over 'stench' at waste plant

Residents of Kylemore Drive and Raheen in Dublin led by CLLR Brid Smith protesting about the smell from Thorntons recycling centre on Killeen Road.
Residents of Kylemore Drive and Raheen in Dublin led by CLLR Brid Smith protesting about the smell from Thorntons recycling centre on Killeen Road.
Pupils at St Clare's Primary School Harolds Cross Dublin give the CWUHA convoy the thumbs up.
Alex Grogan , with her Grandfather Paul O'Neill loading the truck.

LOCALS in Ballyfermot are re-starting their campaign over odour problems caused by Thorntons recycling plant in the area.

Protesters gathered outside the plant yesterday over the problem which they say is affecting their quality of life.

"Some people have to close their windows or take in their washing when it's bad. Others won't let their children out to play," People Before Profit councillor Brid Smith explained.

Ms Smith is encouraging people to email the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when the problem arises.

Following previous pickets of the centre the company engaged in consultation with the residents and the EPA. The waste firm made changes to their systems which did improve the odour problem.

Resident Paul Hallisley told the Herald that when the problem was at its worst he considered selling his home.

"We felt totally victimised and powerless over it, but things did improve," he said.

"We feel that it really wouldn't happen in another area. The measures taken by the company did work, but last Friday night for instance it was really bad again.

"It's embarrassing when you bring people over to the house if it's a problem that day."

A spokesperson for the EPA has received 16 complaints regarding odour from this facility to date in 2015, with 13 of these relating to a recent period from June 25.

Four inspections have been carried out at the facility this year and the plant failed in June, but passed the other three occasions, including the most recent inspection which took place on Monday.

The agency said it will continue to monitor the plant.

A spokesperson for Thorntons did not respond when contacted by the Herald.

 

Pupils give up confirmation money to send aid for orphans in Moldova

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Pupils at St Clare's Primary School Harolds Cross Dublin give the CWUHA convoy the thumbs up.

Big-hearted pupils from St Clare's primary school in Harolds Cross have donated their confirmation money to orphans in Moldova.

Alex Grogan, one of the sixth class pupils who recently made their confirmation, came up with the idea after taking inspiration from her granddad.

An Post worker Paul O'Neill (pictured inset with Alex) volunteers as a driver with the Communication Workers Union Humanitarian Aid convoy.

The class from St Clare's teamed up with students from the CBS on James Street and used their funds to purchase boxes of baby products and other gifts for the orphanage.

 

Cork Street residents don't want chipper to open beneath their apartment block


Cork Street apartments

RESIDENTS in a Cork Street apartment block have lodged objections to plans for a new takeaway on their ground floor.

Planning permission has been lodged with Dublin City Council to seek a change of use for the unit underneath the apartments.

However, concerned residents say the business could end up devaluing their apartments. In submissions lodged to the council, tenants fear the building will become a hive of late-night activity due to the proposed opening hours.

Some worried that anti-social behaviour would ensue or that people could gain access to their apartment block.

Another resident pointed out that the area had enough take-aways.

A decision has not yet been made on the application.

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