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Irons will add voice to waste plant fight
Tuesday September 30th 2003
OSCAR-winning actor Jeremy Irons will today add his voice to calls for An Bord Pleanala to reject a controversial €100m toxic waste incinerator in Cork.
The star of 'The Mission' and 'Reversal of Fortune' will speak against the proposed Indaver incinerator after offering his services to the lobby group CHASE (Cork Harbour for A Safe Environment).
He will join other Irish celebrities - including Ballymaloe founder Myrtle Allen and TV chef Darina Allen - in opposing plans for a Cork harbour incinerator by the Belgian firm.
Mr Irons owns a medieval castle outside Skibbereen in West Cork and has become a vocal supporter of Irish heritage and environmental causes.
CHASE campaigners said last night they were "thrilled and very grateful" that the British-born actor will be attending the Bord Pleanala oral hearing in Blackpool's Neptune Stadium to lend his support.
"He asked us if there was something he could do to help us," CHASE official Linda Fitzpatrick said. "We asked if he could possibly speak at the hearing and we were astounded when he said he would," Ms Fitzpatrick said.
He will address the seventh day of the hearing. The Belgian firm says the project is vital for the disposal of toxic waste.
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