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

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.

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