Sunday 18 February 2018

Time to stop talking rubbish

EITHER we need the Poolbeg incinerator or we do not. The signs are that we do. This is plainly the expert as well as the common-sense view, and the alternatives put forward, notably by the Green Party, are unconvincing. Granted, proceeding with the project is not a happy choice. The public cost is estimated at €600m over 25 years. Typically and sadly, we have seen little justification of this figure, nor have we had a credible explanation for the delays and obsfucation that surround the project.

Our reports on the subject in this newspaper today should help to elucidate it for readers. They will also remind them of the extraordinary manner in which Irish public authorities abuse the English language.

Dublin City Council has already spent €120m on the Poolbeg project. It says that this is not taxpayers' money but "will come from householders and businesses paying their waste charges". Does the city council not know that waste charges are a form of taxation?

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