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Council chiefs insist on bay dumping plan despite outcry

CITY bosses are refusing to give up on controversial plans to dump 824,000 tonnes of waste in Dublin Bay – despite the proposal being blocked by environmental officials.

Dublin City Council was last month dealt a blow after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) instructed it to withdraw its 'dumping at sea' application.

However, the Herald has learned that the council is in the process of resubmitting plans to dump the staggering amount of waste just off Howth Head.

In a report to city councillor Mannix Flynn, engineer Owen McManus confirmed that the plans are firmly on the table.

"Dublin City Council is committed to ensuring that the environmental impacts of this proposal are fully assessed and that the public are fully consulted prior to any decision being made," Mr McManus said.

The EPA instructed the council to withdraw its application last month because documentation relating to the environmental impact of the proposal was not received in time.

The council says that by dumping the waste in the bay, millions of euro will be saved on behalf of the taxpayer.

The material – mainly crushed rock – will be generated during the building of a 9km pipe on the floor of Dublin Bay.

The pipe is being built as part of €200m plans to upgrade the Ringsend waste treatment plant, which is running at "overcapacity". Officials say depositing the material in a landfill would cost more and result in some 100,000 truck journeys.

The plans to dump the generated material has enraged many local people. A large number of submissions and objections lodged with the EPA were examined by officials before the application was blocked.

Independent councillor Mannix Flynn told the Herald that despite the council's determination to forge ahead, significant opposition will be mounted.

"I have rarely seen an issue that has caused such distress and consternation to the people of south-east Dublin.

"Dublin Bay is a world famous natural resource that plays such a huge part in the lives of Dubliners and visitors to the capital. I have said it before and I will say it again – what Dublin City Council is proposing is pure vandalism."