Saturday 24 March 2018

Paul Melia: Gormley now in check after pincer move by city council

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

IT's checkmate for Dublin City Council. Environment Minister John Gormley has been outplayed by the local authority, with the decision yesterday to compulsorily acquire the land needed for the Poolbeg incinerator meaning the minister is out of options.

This is the end of the line in terms of the statutory process. The €200m plant has planning permission, a waste licence, permission to generate energy and has been approved by the Department of the Environment.

The National Development Finance Agency, on behalf of the Department of Finance, has also confirmed it is good value for money. The final piece in the jigsaw -- acquisition of 2.5 acres of land needed to build a water cooling system -- is only a matter of months away.

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