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'We will fight this'

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 3:48pm

Campaigners against the proposed incinerator in Cork Harbour are vowing to “fight” as they prepare a legal challenge to the project.

CHASE (Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment) held a public meeting in Carrigaline on Tuesday in opposition to the new incinerator in Ringaskiddy, which was given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála last week. They are raising funds as they seek legal opinions regarding a possible judicial review of the decision, which has been met with strong opposition by locals and public representatives.

“We thought we’d only get the normal attendance for Carrigaline meetings but the support we got was amazing,” CHASE spokesperson Mary O’Leary told the Cork Independent of the meeting.

“Seeing the fantastic response we got has given us great hope that the community are totally behind us on this.”

Ms O’Leary added that Cork Harbour had undergone radical changes since Indaver Ireland first proposed the incinerator in 2001, and that the project was “more wrong now than it was back then”.

Calling An Bord Pleanála’s decision “totally bizarre”, she said the potential safety issues and the unsightly appearance of an incinerator at the Harbour made the project “inappropriate”.

“I can’t understand how a decision in favour of private enterprise can be made at the expense of an area which has made so many strides in the area of sustainable living in recent years,” she said.

“This is an area where there is only one way in and one way out, and where people will be coming and going in their thousands next year for recreational use with the new park.”

Ms O’Leary urged people to donate to the CHASE GoFundMe page, which needs to raise €150,000 for potential legal costs.

“We are confident, and we will fight this. We have a Q-code on our t-shirts which you can scan with your phones and brings you straight to the page where you can donate.

“We need the money to be there to take this to the High Court if we have to,” she assured. “We are looking for business and public support as it’s a considerable amount of money. It’s a big ask, but it will be worth it to stop this, because if we don’t we’ll be stuck with it for the next 30 years.”

A statement from Indaver Ireland on the decision said: "As members of CEWEP (Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants), we agree with the Confederation’s view that additional incineration capacity is required on the island of Ireland if we are to break our reliance on exporting waste. As we have said from the outset, we believe that our plans are fully in line with national, regional and local planning regulations which was acknowledged by Cork County Council and has been reinforced by An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant permission."

The next CHASE meeting on the project takes place in Cobh on Monday 11 June. To look at the CHASE GoFundMe page go to

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