Monday 20 November 2017

Big Phil bowls 'em over with clean-up campaign

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

PHIL Hogan is new to the job as Environment Minister and he clearly has yet to learn the line about never working with small children.

Little Bobby Amadi completely upstaged Big Phil at Merrion Square in Dublin yesterday when he toppled out of his dustbin during the launch of An Taisce's National Spring Clean campaign.

Mr Hogan was so busy posing for the cameras with six-year-old Bobby and his friends from the nearby Scoil Caitriona Primary School on Baggot Street -- Rebecca Kenny (6), Dearbhla Devlin (5) and Noah Mullen Clarke (5) -- that he didn't notice the drama unfolding right beside him until it was all over.

The 2011 National Spring Clean campaign will involve more than 500,000 people from across the country taking part in an anti-litter initiative. Community groups and local authorities nationwide will organise clean-up events throughout April.

Meanwhile, Minister Hogan yesterday revealed he has ordered a new review of the contract for the controversial Poolbeg incinerator amid concerns that the taxpayer could be forced to pay fines if it is built.

The minister wants a review of the contract signed between Dublin City Council and US firm Covanta which requires the council to pay financial penalties if less than 320,000 tonnes of waste is treated at the plant every year.

Mr Hogan said that he was concerned about the potential liability to the State if the €350m plant is built and annual waste targets were not met.

Irish Independent

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