Topical Debate: Poolbeg Incinerator

It is 15 years since the incinerator at Poolbeg was first proposed – this saga has run on for the same amount of time as the Mahon Tribunal. The contract which was in review stage was to expire at the end of February, but a further extension was given until the 31st of August. Over €80 million has already been spent on a project that as proposed is way too big for our waste market – that’s over €5 million a year. Dublin City Council plans

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Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Poolbeg Incinerator

I very much welcome the Bill. The plastic bags issue has been covered extensively. I welcome the flexibility being given to the Minister to increase the charge as needs be because there has been a move back to using plastic bags. The levy has been effective in reducing usage, but we need to go a step further. A levy could also be used to deal with the problem of chewing gum which is a blight on cities throughout the country. Deputy Brian Stanley

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