Sunday 21 January 2018

Locals tell councillors to boycott Poolbeg incinerator funds committee


Proposed site of the Poolbeg incinerator
Proposed site of the Poolbeg incinerator

Residents in the Dublin Bay area have asked their councillors to boycott a committee set up to administer millions of euro from the Poolbeg incinerator community fund.

Concerned Residents Against Incineration (CRAI) remain opposed to the Ringsend incinerator plant, known as Dublin Waste to Energy - a public-private partnership between Dublin City Council (DCC) and American energy contractor Covanta.

The incinerator finally got the go-ahead last autumn but with an Bord Pleanala and Environmental Protection Agency condition that a community gains fund and committee be established.

"The communities of Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount never wanted or requested community gain funds.

"We always maintained our health was our wealth and it was not for sale at any price," said Frances Corr, secretary of CRAI.

DCC went about setting up the committee in February. Three local councillors and three members of the community are needed on the committee in order to administer the funds. By April 30, there will be €2m in the fund and by the time the 600,000 tonne incinerator is built there will be €10.6m available for local use.

Labour councillor Dermot Lacey, who represents the area, is not in favour of boycotting the committee.

"My view is that I was elected to get stuck in and work for the community. Boycotting/abstentionism is not how I see me doing my job responsibly," he told the Herald.

Fianna Fail councillors for the area Jim O'Callaghan and Frank Kennedy would, however, consider the boycott.

DCC did not respond to a request for comment.

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