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Incinerator appeal fires ahead

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 5:12pm

The group campaigning against the proposed €160 million incinerator in Cork will launch its appeal next week.

Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment (CHASE) has hit its target needed in order to lodge an appeal for a judicial review into the proposed incinerator in Ringaskiddy.

The Indaver project was granted permission in May but has been met with fierce opposition by members of the public and local representatives.

A host of public meetings and fundraising events for an appeal have taken place across Cork city and county in recent weeks.

Chairperson of CHASE Cork Mary O’Leary said the group would soon be preparing the application for next week’s 19 July submission deadline.

The application for a review would need to prove there was a legal error in the process of granting permission in order it to be granted.

“The fundraising is going amazingly,” she said. “The effort and generosity of the people has just been fantastic.”

"We’re over the €100,000 mark between the GoFundMe and all the different fundraising campaigns taking place. There’s been an amazing community response.

“Our legal team will prepare a written affidavit for the judge, who will read and examine it, and decide whether to grant it to go to the High Court or not.”

Despite raising the necessary funds needed to launch the review, the group still needs up to €200,000 for the legal fight if the review is accepted.

John Ahern, Managing Director at Indaver, said: “Indaver fully respects the objectors' democratic right to pursue a judicial review following An Bord Pleanála's decision to grant planning permission for our Ringaskiddy waste-to-energy facility.”

More fundraising events will take place this week for the campaign, including an Open Garden afternoon at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry on Saturday 14 July from 1-5pm, with garden tours, teas and music. Admission by donation is a minimum of €5, with no charge for children. Enquiries can be made to 021-4652429.

Meanwhile artist John Adams is auctioning off his collection ‘Paintings of Cork City and County’, with an asking price of €50,000 with 50 per cent of the proceeds going towards CHASE.

Earlier this week An Tanaiste Simon Coveney said it was “unlikely” that new planning legislation could be invoked to stop the incinerator going ahead.

The Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016, which would allow the Government to intervene in planning issues when they affect national security or defence, was passed in the Dáil last week but has not yet been signed into law by the President.

The Cork South-Central TD said that it would have to be “on the back of quite significant advice from either the Defence Forces or An Garda Síochána” for the Bill, if enacted into law, to be implemented in the incinerator case.

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