17 March 2017
By Bryan Smyth
The Green Party in Cork has expressed shock today on hearing that the decision by An Bord Pleanála on the Ringaskiddy incinerator has been delayed for a fourth time.
A decision was due to be announced on 22 March, but in a report by the Irish Examiner a spokesperson for the Board said that a decision was not imminent and offered no further comment.
Dr Gordon Reid, the Green Party’s representative for Bandon-Kinsale, said:
“This further delay will add to the stress on people all around the harbour. At this stage, we really need transparency. An Bord Pleanála are likely to be talking to Indaver but the communities most affected are completely excluded from the process. We need to know what’s going on.”
“Considering the weight of evidence against the incinerator presented at the oral hearing – especially on the last day – it can hardly be possible for An Bord Pleanála to give permission. What we need from them is a clear and quick refusal.”
Dr Reid was deeply involved in the oral hearing process. On the last day of the hearing, he dramatically produced evidence showing that health effects data reported by Indaver, purportedly showing environmental effects specific to Ringaskiddy, was taken from other parts of the country.