Ballesty welcomes decision by An Bord Pleanála
Sinn Féin representative for Lucan and Palmerstown Robert Ballesty, today welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to refuse permission for the proposed building of an incinerator in Rathcoole.
Mr Ballesty said, "I welcome today's decision by An Bord Pleanála to refuse permission to the building of a proposed incinerator in Rathcoole. The Sinn Féin team on South Dublin County Council had voiced their opposition to the proposal from the outset.
"Dublin faces a waste management crisis, but continuing to bury and burn our waste is a totally unacceptable policy. Incineration must be ruled out as an option, it should never be considered. This government should invest in a programme to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste. A zero waste strategy needs to be implemented in Dublin. It is the only credible and workable alternative to incineration. We need a policy that is based not on incineration or landfill but on reducing, reusing and recycling of waste. The government agenda of burning or burying our waste is just not good enough.
"I would like to congratulate the Committee of Rathcoole Against Incinerator Dioxins - RAID, and commend them on the hard work they put into their campaign to prevent this incinerator from being built. I would encourage members of the public who would like to continue to support RAID, who incurred costs during their campaign, to visit their website at www.rathcooleincinerator.org to make a donation. I would like to congratulate the many residents and groups who sent submissions and letters stating their objection to the proposed incinerator. I reiterate our support to the people of Ringsend who still face the threat of an incinerator being built in Poolbeg."