Greens call on Government to block Ringaskiddy Incinerator with new planning powers

8th July 2018



The Green Party today called on Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, to use new planning powers to overturn the decision to allow an incinerator in Ringaskiddy.
 
On Friday, the Dáil voted for the Government to be given powers to revoke planning permission for projects which are a threat to national security. The new powers enable the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, to overturn a decision of An Bord Pleanála on national security grounds.
 
During the oral hearing into the application, the Defence Forces objected to the location of an incinerator at Ringaskiddy saying it would prevent helicopters from using naval headquarters at Haulbowline.
 
The Green Party representative for Cork South Central, Lorna Bogue, has now called on Simon Coveney as Minister for Foreign affairs to use the powers to revoke planning permission for the recently approved incinerator in Ringaskiddy.
 
Speaking today, she said: “Under the approved provision, the Minister for Foreign affairs can advise the Government to revoke planning permission for a project if it is 'likely to be harmful to the security or defence of the State or the State’s relations with another state'. In the case of the planned incinerator, the Defence Forces objected to the incinerator citing that it was a threat to the continuing operation of the naval base and the safety of members stationed there.
 
“The incinerator exposes the naval base to dioxins and PCBs, which over time are carcinogenic. The incinerator is placed at the only exit from the naval base and therefore can be targeted, and the incinerator stack impacts on helicopter landings on the base. There is no question that this planned incinerator is a threat to the security of the State and therefore planning permission under this provision must be revoked.
 
“Minister Coveney has advised previously that he believes that the incinerator is a threat to the naval base and the Defence Forces provided evidence substantiating this threat to national security at the oral hearing. I am sure Minister Coveney will have cross party support in moving for planning permission for this threat to be revoked.”