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Poolbeg plant may be dropped by council

THE controversial waste incinerator plan at Poolbeg in Dublin may be abandoned by the city council.

The bill for the facility now stands at €96.2m despite the fact that not a single brick has been laid at the site.

Some consultants have been paid four times their contract value.

One of the principal consultant firms RPS had a contract originally estimated at €8m but which has run to over €30m.

City manager Owen Keegan said the project may be dropped even if it survives EU scrutiny.

Mr Keegan said the decision on whether to proceed with the project will be made after the EU's investigation into two complaints about the project.

The complaints claim that the public-private partnership contract with the company Covanta breached EU regulations on state aid and procurement.

Mr Keegan confirmed that the RPS contract will be terminated by January 31.