Decision on Ringaskiddy Incinerator Due Within Days

By Seamus Whelehan

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A decision on controversial plans to locate an incinerator in Cork Harbour is due within days.
An Bord Pleanála say a decision on Indaver’s application to build a 240,000 tonne waste to energy facility in Ringaskiddy is due by next Thursday, 31 May 2018.
According to the Planning Authority there is a possibility that a judgement will be made today, Thursday 24 May.
However, the spokesperson has stated that there is a possibility the decision could roll over for a record eleventh time although the Bord has specified it is eager to make a decision before the end of the month.
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, with many claiming it would pose an environmental and health risk.
Indaver have continued to insist that 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.
In April 2016, the Planning Authority held a three week long public hearing into the proposed development.
The board have already missed nine deadlines which had been set for reaching a decision.
The initial date for the release of their findings was 12 July 2016. This was later postponed until October 2016, and subsequently deferred to 24 January 2017 before being deferred a further seven times.
For almost 20 years Cork Harbour For A Safe Environment (CHASE) have battled against having an incinerator in Ringaskiddy. The group say if the decision is to grant permission they have to strongly consider a judicial review.

Ultimately the group believe Europe could help their 18 year battle, after lodging a complaint against Ireland to European Parliament Committee on Petitions.

They say the Irish planning system is flawed, particularly the Strategic Infrastructure process, as it has failed to guarantee “early” and “effective” public participation and access to environmental justice in accordance with the Aarhus Convention and European Union environmental law.

CHASE has made two prior complaints to Europe, both of which were upheld.

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