Residents concerned that Cork County Council is defying regulations by developing a refuse dump at Ballydineen.
In 1981 Cork County Council bought a site for a refuse dump at Ballydineen in Doneraile. There was a lengthy inquiry into the land purchase, which cost a total of £206,903, but the council's auditors were satisfied by the explanations given for the price paid.
Local people formed an Anti-Dump Committee. There were not against having a dump beside them, but they doubted the suitability of the area earmarked for the dump. Committee member Willie Buckley says,
I think it’s pure ridiculous, that’s what I think.
John McCarthy says the Anti-Dump Committee lobbied councillors and gained support for their cause. A Section Four motion of the Local Government Act adopted by the Cork County Council in January 1982 directed the County Manager not to proceed with development of a dump on the site. The land has since been used for grazing and north Cork is still in need of an additional dump to those in Mallow and Fermoy.
Believing their work complete, the Anti-Dump Committee disbanded. But the Committee has regrouped as the Council is drilling on the land and there are fears development is going ahead in spite of the Section 4 resolution. Committee member Olive Buckley feels totally disillusioned as she was convinced the group had stopped the development of the dump in 1981.
Assistant County Manager of Cork County Council Des Wixted says the Section 4 decision still holds and is being observed. The Council is carrying out test drilling for water wells as an alternative use for the Ballydineen site.
While the Council is holding onto the site, it is effectively on the market.
If someone walks into me tomorrow and offers to buy that land and to recompense me for what the Council has spent on it, they can have it.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 June 1985. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.