Decision on Ringaskiddy Incinerator Delayed Until March

By Seamus Whelehan

Indaver Ringaskiddy artists impression.

Judgement day for the controversial plans to locate an incinerator in Cork Harbour have been delayed yet again by An Bord Pleanála (ABP).

The planning authority say that they will not be in a position to reach a decision on Indaver’s application to build a 240,000 tonne waste to energy facility in Ringaskiddy until at least the 22 March.

The €160 million project remains one of the most contentious issues in the Lower Harbour communities.

This is the third application attempt by Indaver Ireland to have their incinerator located close to the Irish Marine Energy Cluster and the National Maritime College.

An Bord Pleanála received more than 260 submissions from individual residents and organisations around the harbour opposing the development. Many claiming that it would pose an environmental and health risk.

Indaver insist the facility is safe and have said it would invest €300,000 a year in the community over 25 years if the project gets the go ahead.

Last April, the planning authority held a three week long public hearing into the proposed development.

The board have already missed three deadlines they had set for reaching a decision.

The initial date for the release of their findings was 12 July, this was later postponed until October and subsequently 24 January.

A report by the planning inspector is due to be completed later this week, weighing up all the evidence.

A spokesperson for the planning authority said once the report was submitted they needed further time to consider its findings.

Cork Harbour Alliance For A Safe Environment (CHASE) have hit out at the delays.

A spokesperson claimed the process was “very anti-community.” They said the group were refused an adjournment last April to consider additional information that was submitted prior to the hearing.

The group said the decision to refuse the request was in order to have the application decided within the statutory 18 week period.

“Now that deadline has passed and it will be a ten month wait for results. All we can do is wait and see” they said.