Thursday 27 October 2016

Rush hour commuters face gridlock as Poolbeg incinerator protest underway

Published 04/06/2015 | 18:29

Rush hour commuters in the capital are facing gridlock this evening as a protest against the Poolbeg incinerator takes place in Ringsend.

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Around 50 people are marching around the Sean Moore roundabout near Beech Road and Sean Moore Road in protest of the controversial project which began construction two months ago.

Gardai arrived at the scene shortly after 5.45pm after frustrated motorists started driving over grass verges and embankments in a bid to bypass the demonstration.

However, protesters tried to cool tensions with angry commuters by offering them ice-cream as a form of a peace offering.

Local man Sean Caulfield (74) says he has been fighting against the plans the waste incinerator for 17 years and will continue to fight as progress on the building continues.

Read more: Second incinerator needed to burn country's rubbish - waste managers

"This is anti democratic 50 of 52 Dublin City Councillors have voted against this and it is still going ahead. It is a disgrace."

He continued: "We don't have the infrastructure here to deal with the influx of trucks that will be bringing in the rubbish.

"We are told they will be burning up to 600,000 tons a year here.  They will have to start importing it from other countries to make it financially viable."

Among the protesters was TD Richard Boyd Barrett who voiced a rally from the middle of the roundabout.

He said: "Incineration is not the way forward for waste. Instead we need to expand our recycling facilities with proper dividing up of waste which would create hundreds of jobs.

"The incinerator will have a capacity to burn 600,000 metric tonnes of waste. But in 2012 Ireland only produced 250,000 tonnes, this means that for this facility to burn to capacity and create the energy planned we will have to either stop recycling or start importing waste - this is madness."

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