THE Green party has reacted strongly to the news today that the planned Indaver incinerator for Ringaskiddy has been given the go-ahead.
An Bord Pleanála has approved the building of an incinerator in Ringaskiddy despite three oral hearings and several strong objections, including the nearby Maritime College suggesting the incinerator would severely impact the development of the NMCI and adversely affect the international reputation of the college.
Speaking this morning the Green party's representative in Cork South Central, Lorna Bogue, said: ‘I am extremely disappointed in this decision by An Bórd Pleanála. They were provided with several strong environmental reasons as to why this facility was not suited to this site.
'Furthermore members of the Green Party in Cork uncovered information that was misleading within the Environmental Impact Statement regarding the true level of dioxins that would be emitted by this facility.’
She added: ‘In my own submission I highlighted the fact that Ireland does not in fact produce enough waste to keep this incinerator operating. Regardless of what type of incinerator it is all incinerators need a steady flow of fuel to operate in a cost effective way. Mark my words, waste will have to be imported for this incinerator. This is a bad day for Ireland taking responsibility for its own waste and there is no incentive for recycling now.’