The Government and opposition have united in anger over An Bord Pleanála’s approval for an incinerator at Ringaskiddy, insisting the move is a “kick in the teeth” to a community playing a key role in the future of Cork City.
Two of our world’s conflicting but defining forces — the growing threat of climate destruction and the mountains of polluting waste generated by our relentless consumerism — collided yesterday when it was announced that An Bord Pleanála (ABP) granted planning permission for a controversial €160m Indaver waste incinerator in Cork Harbour.
They handed kids to the childminder, burnt the midnight oil brushing up on research and refused to be beaten by the planning system. Environmental lobby group CHASE could write the handbook for running a tight campaign. Later this week, they should know if their marathon efforts have all been in vain, writes
Irish Air Corps concerns about the impact on helicopter safety of a proposed incinerator in Co Cork can be ameliorated if the company behind the application can guarantee it will contain any risk from the plume to within 150m of the stack.
An aviation expert, hired to address Department of Defence (DoD) concerns about the impact on aviation safety of a proposed incinerator in Co Cork, claims the objections are “not consistent” with the department’s policy of “minimal development of the aviation infrastructure, including safety” at a nearby naval base.
THE delays around finalising the location of the national children’s hospital in Dublin may have set the benchmark for prevarication, political featherbedding, professional disagreement, inexplicable decisions and just plain, unacceptable time wasting in public projects in Ireland. The delivery of that facility is a snail-paced saga of a different colour.
Why some of the data included as part of Indaver Ireland’s application to build an incinerator in Ringaskiddy appears identical to a 2008 application by another company for an entirely different facility in Co Meath remained a mystery yesterday on the final day of an oral hearing into the proposed project.
An evacuation route put forward by Indaver Ireland to facilitate movement of personnel off Haulbowline Island in the event of an emergency involves use of a road that is gated, with the gates locked during certain periods.
Fast-roping special forces onto a ship as part of marine counter-terrorism training; cargo-slinging large loads and how low is too low when flying above a chimney stack — these issues all formed part of a robust Department of Defence rebuttal of claims that building an incinerator in Ringaskiddy would pose no threat to Air Corps operations.
Fortnightly analysis of emissions from a proposed incinerator does not constitute “continuous monitoring”, leaving locals potentially exposed to unsafe dioxin levels, an expert in industrial process instrumentation has warned.
The proposed incinerator in Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour could present a risk of fatal injury to helicopter crews, and an incident at the plant could effectively cut off the Haulbowline Naval Base, according to the Department of Defence.
Most of us will have heard of the acronym, Nimby — ‘not in my backyard’. It refers to those who object to having utilities, pylons, social housing, and much more located anywhere near where they live. It’s typically considered and meant to be a derogatory term.
Babies in buggies, grannies in geansais emblazoned with the slogan ‘No to toxic waste incineration’, hazmat suits, and lots of surgical masks — the carpark of the Carrigaline Court Hotel resembled a bizarre mix of playground fare and the post-apocalyptic as hundreds of people protested against plans to build an incinerator locally.