23 September 2009
Toxic ash plan highlights the short-sighted reasoning of politicians who think incineration is an alternative to land-fill.
Minister for Food and Horticulture, Trevor Sargent TD, has reacted angrily to the news that a toxic ash repository is being proposed for north Fingal, given the importance of this area for farming, and horticulture in particular.
“Making a living from farming is already very difficult and presents challenges from low prices being paid by retailers as well as bad weather and the high cost of overheads. The notion of a toxic waste facility is a further headache. My fear is that this toxic facility plan would result in food production falling further and a loss of employment in a sector which is already struggling.
“I have spoken with the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, and his officials to make my feelings in this matter known and to relay the feelings of local residents and farmers in the area on hearing the news of this proposal on news programs today.”