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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Gormley's late D4 campaign

GREEN Party leader John Gormley is refusing to give up his one-man crusade against the Poolbeg incinerator, telling his constituents the planned project "cannot go ahead".

Mr Gormley, who left Government on Sunday, was quick to reassure voters in Dublin South East that the €350m waste facility would not proceed.

Householders in Sandymount received the news by letter within 24 hours of the Greens' announcement that they were pulling out of Government.

Mr Gormley, who resigned as Environment Minister, wrote that the facility cannot be developed because of new levies that are to be introduced.

In the letter, he told constituents he had just published new legislation that would introduce levies on incineration.

Mr Gormley revealed that the bill was to be "introduced into the Dail in the coming weeks".

It is understood the letter was written prior to the party's withdrawal from Government and was received in some parts of the constituency last week.

The TD dismissed concerns over the possibility that Covanta, the US company contracted to build the plant, would pull out when the levies are brought in.

This will not affect his determination to introduce the charges, which he described as being "urgently required", Mr Gormley insisted.

The legislation will restrict the amount of waste going to the incinerator and impose levies on waste contractors sending material to the facility.

Dublin City Council has warned of "serious financial repercussions" for the country if the proposed major changes to waste policy were implemented.

It argued that the contract with Covanta "was entered into in line with current government waste policy and the current regional waste management plan".

But Mr Gormley wrote in his letter that the "new waste policy" would be published shortly.

comurphy@herald.ie

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