Cork-based citizen group to take case against incinerator to High Court

June 26th, 2018

A Cork-based citizen group plans to take their case against the construction of an incinerator at Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour to the High Court later this summer.

Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment (CHASE) announced the news at a fund-raising event last week for a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission to the incinerator.

“CHASE’s legal team are preparing the process for the judicial review,” Dominick Donnelly, one of the group’s organisers said.

“Toward the end of the July we will be going to the High Court to seek leave to take a judicial review, “Mr Donnelly continued. “In the meantime, we need to raise a lot of money.”

“We have to make this incinerator financially unviable,” Lorna Bogue, the Green Party’s spokesperson on Welfare, said.

Ms Bogue, one of the organisers of the fundraiser, said the proposed €160 million incinerator would only help to hide the country’s mounting waste problem.

“This is a massive national issue, we have to take all the waste that is being created and push it back to the manufacturers; otherwise they’re going to take it down to Ringaskiddy and burn it,” Ms Bogue said.

Last month, An Bord Pleanála gave the green light to Indaver, a waste management company, to build an incinerator at Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour despite the recommendation of its inspector that permission should not be granted.

Invader has been campaigning to build the multi-million euro waste-to-energy plant since 2001. This was the company’s third application to the board. The proposed incinerator will reportedly turn 240,000 tonnes of rubbish into energy each year.

Environmental campaigners, citizen groups and Government officials such as the Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, TD, however, have voiced their concern about the board’s decision.

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney, TD Photo: Irish Defence Forces

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney, TD Photo: Irish Defence Forces

Mr Coveney said that he was disappointed and frustrated that the project is going ahead, while Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, TD told RTÉ that he was “very unhappy” about the board’s decision.

Garbage incinerators are known to cause air pollution by emitting mercury, lead, dioxins and a variety of other toxic substances that invoke asthma and other respiratory ailments. Waste-to-energy plants are also considered as ecologically-inefficient means of waste reduction.

“It is a serious issue for Cork Harbour residents, you cannot catch the nanoparticles floating in the air, and your body cannot recognise them, and by the time it is embedded in your body, it is way too late,” Noreen Murphy, a local political campaigner told The Green News.

“They’re saying it is a solution to reduce waste, let’s talk about a solution for reducing the amount of plastic we produce instead,” Ms Murphy added.

Mr Donnelly said that he was delighted with the emergence of various branches of CHASE across Cork County. He called on all concerned citizens with various skills to offer their support to the campaign by contacting the group.

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Shamim Malekmian

Shamim Malekmian is a Cork-based freelance journalist and contributor to the Irish Examiner, Cork’s Evening Echo and The Green News.

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