Wednesday 24 January 2018

Election in brief: O Cuiv -- Gormley report leak wrong

ENVIRONMENT minister Eamon O Cuiv has criticised Green Party leader John Gormley for leaking details of a government report into the controversial Poolbeg incinerator.

The unpublished report into the waste to energy plant, commissioned by Mr Gormley when he was minister, warned that the taxpayer could be forced to pay up to €350m in penalties if the capital's four local authorities did not ensure that 320,000 tonnes of waste were treated in the plant every year.

But yesterday Mr O Cuiv said the move was "regrettable", and that publication of the report was a matter for government.

"Mr Gormley will be aware from the legal advice which was available to him during his tenure as minister that the decision in relation to publication of the report is a matter for the Government collectively and regard must be had to commercial confidentiality issues," he said.

Education plan at odds with church

THE Labour Party is on a collision course with the Catholic Church over plans for a new layer of educational bureaucracy.

It is proposing to set up 16 local education boards to help administer 4,000 primary and second level schools in the country.

But the church said the plan would be expensive and that the new boards would interfere with the independence of voluntary primary and secondary schools.

Anti-coursing lobby will fight on

ANTI-coursing campaig-ners have vowed to continue their fight despite the like-lihood of their only political allies -- the Green Party -- being voted out of the Dail.

A group of up to 50 anti-blood sport protesters staged a low-key picket yesterday in Clonmel outside the venue for the final day of the annual National Coursing Meeting. Protesters said the Republic remains "the last outpost of this backwoods barbarism".

Hospital action chair to seek seat

THE chairman of the Roscommon Hospital Action Committee has been nominated by the group to contest the forthcoming general election.

Former Roscommon footballer John McDermott made the decision in the wake of a protest last month by more than 1,000 people over local health services. Mr McDermott said it was clear that undertakings from the mainstream parties were not going to maintain accident and emergency services.

Councillor Kelly mulls election run

LOCAL councillor Nicky Kelly is to make up his mind before the weekend whether to run in Wicklow in the general election.

And if the Arklow councillor does decide to throw his hat in the ring for a fourth general election campaign, he will be running as an Independent, not the Labour Party. In 2002 Cllr Kelly only missed out on a Dail seat by 19 votes after a marathon eight-day count.

Irish Independent

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