Wednesday 11 December 2019

Unused dump costs us €6,000 a day

Ralph Riegel

TAXPAYERS are paying almost €6,000 a day in loan repayments and interest for a €47m dump that has never been used, the Irish Independent has learned.

Cork County Council is likely to keep the huge landfill at Bottlehill mothballed for years due to muddled national waste disposal policies and a collapse in landfill rates -- and it may never be put into operation.

The dump -- which was vehemently opposed by locals when it was proposed almost 15 years ago -- cost €47m to develop.

Finished almost five years ago, the facility has never been opened commercially.

Former Mayor of Cork, Labour councillor John Mulvihill, said the council had fallen victim to the "the Fr Ted-style planning" of successive governments -- and was now paying the financial penalty.

Irish Independent

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