'Nobody wants it': locals react with anger
Published 18/08/2010 | 05:00
THE small seaside town of Sandymount in south Dublin -- just a stone's throw from the site of the €200m complex -- was bustling yesterday afternoon.
But locals believe the town's fresh sea air will soon be infused with the fumes from Dublin City Council's answer to its waste management problems.
"Nobody wants it," said Pete Bark, owner of Browne's restaurant.
"We're right beside the sea here, so there is a strong wind that is going to blow the fumes all over the place. It's horrid.
"I don't know how it's going to affect my business and we're all worried about the impact. It's in such close proximity to our schools, families, kids playing outdoors."
Residents' Association planning officer Lorna Kelly said local businesses were reluctant to speculate on the possible effects on the area for fear it might damage trade.
"Almost everybody here is totally opposed to it," she said. "Just from a purely visual viewpoint, this thing will be bigger than the new Aviva Stadium.
"People will say we're just against an incinerator, but it's not that simple. We've got the sewage plant down there, we've got all the power stations, so we're not 'nimbys'."
Jimmy Woolohan (64) has been living in the area for two-and-a-half years. He said the mood there was one of anger towards Environment Minister John Gormley. "It's all about politics," he said.
"Gormley is frightened about his seat. From what I hear from locals, they won't be giving him anything. Is he fighting for the people around here, or is he fighting for his own seat?
"The project is going to happen anyway. We can't stop progress. If it stops a landfill being built, that would be good. But it's going to happen one way or the other," he added.