Deputy Pat Buckley with East Cork Municipality Chairwoman Fine Gael Cllr Susan McCarthy Junior Minister for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton and Sinn Fein Cllr Danielle Twomey,

Battle lines have been redrawn as residents of the Lower Harbour continue to oppose the latest plan to locate a €160million incinerator near Ringaskiddy.
After almost two decades there is a renewed vigour to continue to oppose last month's controversial decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission to Indaver for their 240,000 tonne waste to energy facility.
Minister David Stanton, Pat Buckley TD and Cllrs Susan McCarthy, Padraig O’Sullivan and Danielle Twomey all committed to do everything they can to prevent the development from going ahead.
On Monday last, 25 June the public representatives stood elbow to elbow, shoulder to shoulder with East Cork residents as they packed Aghada Community Hall for a meeting organised by Cork Harbour For A Safe Environment (CHASE).
People from the surrounding areas stood in the aisles as seating became a limited resource, such was the size of crowd in attendance.
This is the third time CHASE are attempting to prevent the waste energy facility in Ringaskiddy.
Since 2001 the group have spent over €600,000 on oral hearings, Court hearings and objections.
As the 17-year-old battle enters a new phase, CHASE are encouraging community groups and companies to pledge financial support to help fund ajudicial review.
The environmentalists need €150,000 to mount a legal battle against the An Board Pleanála decision to grant planning to Indaver Ireland.
The group need a deposit of €100,000 by 12 July and a request lodged for a judicial review by 19 July.
Joan Hayes, who organised the Aghada meeting, said fallout from the Indaver Incinerator would affect people on the eastern shores as much as those who live in other harbour communities.
“While Ringaskiddy is 45 miles by road, emissions don’t travel by road. As the crow flies, from Ringaskiddy where the stack will be to Aghada Community Hall, is about 4miles. Worst of all is that it's only 3 miles to Whitegate, where the little playground and school are located.”
CHASE, who continue to oppose the burning of 240,000 tonnes of household, commercial, industrial and hazardous waste, fear the incinerator could harm health.
“The pollution incinerators emissions include toxic metals, dioxins and dioxin related compounds. Some of these highly persistent or permanent toxins emerge in the form of nanoparticles.”
“Often referred to as ultrafine particles, these nanoparticles are less than one micron in diameter and can easily cross the cell membranes. They can get into the blood stream, travel to every tissue in the body, can cross the blood brain barrier and even alter our DNA”, commented CHASE Chairwoman, Mary O’Leary, an Environmental Scientist.
"It is impossible to monitor these nanoparticles, and neither are they regulated in incineration", she said.
CHASE says incinerators are not the zero waste solution, as 30% of the incoming weight is left in ash and still has to be landfilled. That 30% still remains toxic after burning.
A Go Fund Me Account set up by CHASE following last month's An Board Pleanála decision has reached over €60,000, with other funding coming in from locally run events.
Tomorrow, Friday 29 June the Spin Shack Belvelly will host a Spinathon at their premises between 1:00pm – 4:00pm. To book a space call Claire Lynch Davis or phone 086-4418599.
Niamh Lane Kelly will host a Boston Tea Party in the Commodore Hotel this Friday, 29 June with minimum donation for a table of ten of €20. Contact Niamh at Niamhlanekelly@gmail.com.
A sunset Kundalini Yoga and Meditation event will take place on Inch Beach this Friday, 29 June at 8:00pm. Contact Shama for more information 0838405332.
Local Historian and Geographer, Charlie Hayes, has pledged to run a Heritage Tour of Saleen on 30 June, and all monies raised will go to CHASE to help fight the toxic incinerator. Those interested should contact 087-4147294. Participation is by blind donation.
On Saturday 30 June Guru, Fergal O’Connor will hold a Drumming Circle at 8:30 pm at the Secret Garden East Ferry. Contact Debby Hayes on 0868881604. Price of event is €10 and includes nibbles. Drums will be supplied.
On Thursday 5 July the Commodore Male Voice Choir will hold a Concert in the Commodore Hotel. Tickets are €10. .For Bookings and enquiries call Paul on 0870906438.
On Saturday, 14 July a Family Fun Day will take place at Cobh Pirates Rugby Club between 2:30pm and 6:30pm.

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