A waste incinerator for Dublin will go ahead despite 2,000 objections and the Minister for the Environment.
An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for the controversial waste incinerator at Poolbeg in Dublin, despite opposition from the Minister for the Environment John Gormley, local politicians, and residents.
It's dark and moody at Poolbeg peninsula tonight, a fair reflection of the feelings of the two thousand people who objected to the proposal and in particular, the Minister for the Environment John Gormley.
The Bord has given the go ahead for a plant with a capacity of 600,000 tonnes, even though its own inspector recommended allowing only 500,000. Permission was granted subject to 13 conditions, one of which stipulates that most deliveries of waste should be via the M50 and the Dublin Port Tunnel. Dublin City Council aims to recycle nearly 60% of Dublin's waste, but argues that it will be obliged to incinerate another 25% of waste.
It means that six days a week from 8 am to 10 pm 150 trucks will be heading to the incinerator once it's built.
John Gormley speaks to RTÉ News about his efforts to prevent the incinerator from going ahead and his plans to continue to change waste policy.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 November 2007. The reporter is Paul Cunningham.