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CHASE Press Release - 24 November 2008

- HIGH COURT CASES WITHDRAWN (due to imminent planning enquiry)

CHASE welcomes todays decision by the State to ask the Supreme Court to formally revoke the costs order awarded to the State two weeks ago, against Residents of Cork Harbour. Indaver, unsurprisingly, refused to follow suit.

In a separate development, High Court cases against An Bord Pleanala, the EPA, the State and the Attorney General, have been withdrawn on the agreement of all parties. The request was made by the Residents, on the basis that planning for the Ringaskiddy incinerator expires in Jan 2009, and at that stage there would be no justification in proceeding with the Court cases.

All parties except An Bord Pleanala have agreed to bear their own High Court Costs. An Bord Pleanala have made a formal request for a costs order, which was opposed by the Residents, and will be heard by the Court next Monday.

A spokesperson for CHASE said " We are delighted and proud that the State, Department of Environment and Minister John Gormley see fit not to enforce the costs order, and are showing their commitment by asking the Supreme Court to vacate the order. And we are pleased that they carried this principle over to the High Court case, and did not request costs. It is an important day for community participation.

By the time Indavers planning expires in January 2009, we expect to be fighting new fast-track proposals for 100,000 tonne hazardous and 140,000 tonne municipal waste incinerators."


For further information contact:
Linda FitzPatrick, 087 7410849, 021 4374506
Mary O'Leary, 086 8177737, 021 4811952
Mary Hurley, 086 8162448, 021 4803070


Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment
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