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CHASE PRESS RELEASE - Friday 1 August, 2008

After yesterdays decision at the Supreme Court (refusing adjournment of incinerator cases), Counsel for the State asked for costs from the residents taking the Case on behalf of the community Indaver followed by asking for their costs against the community. A decision will not be given until after the Court recess.

The relevant European case is primarily against the Department of the Environment. It has resulted from a complaint lodged in Brussels in Spring 2004 by a delegation of residents and public representatives including John Gormley himself, as a then Ringsend TD and Green Party Politician.

Mary O'Leary, CHASE Chairperson said "This is a case being taken by the people to ensure proper planning and we have to ask how John Gormley can allow communities to be bullied like this by the State, when we know that he agrees with the case being taken â€" or at least he used to - he joined us in lodging the complaint after all.

We aren't impressed with the ongoing cosy relationship between Indaver and The State. Indaver and their claims to be good neighbours have been exposed as complete fiction.

We want to highlight that at all of the actual planning stages, it was agreed that the proposed incinerator should not proceed. Cork Country Council refused planning, and An Bord Pleanala's Senior Planning inspector recommended refusal on an unprecedented 14 grounds. It was overturned for political reasons "in the interests of National Policy", i.e. Government policy took precedence over reasoned planning argument. All we are asking is that good planning policy be written into Irish law."


For further information contact:
Mary O'Leary, 086 8177737 021 4811952
Linda FitzPatrick, 087 7410849 021 4374506


Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment
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