Populist politicians singing from both sides of their mouth on Poolbeg, says Gogarty
Green Party TD Paul Gogarty has accused the Labour party of trying to have it all ways on the issue of the Poolbeg incinerator. He called on Labour leader Eamon Gilmore to get off the fence and state his party’s position unequivocally.
The Party’s Spokesperson for Dublin said: “Labour councillors in Fingal have recently issued statements in support of local authority management’s attempt to drive through this costly white elephant of an incinerator. They seem to be pressurising their colleagues in Dublin City Council to support the renewal of the incineration contract following the current review process.
“This is at odds with the stated opposition to the incinerator by Dublin South East TD Ruairi Quinn and his Labour colleagues on Dublin City Council. I am calling on Ruairi Quinn and his party leader Eamon Gilmore to get off the fence, clarify their position on Poolbeg, and explain whether their councillors are going support this position.
“It appears that Labour are trying to have it both ways. They are raising innacurate but populist cost issues for their local constituents, while at the same time professing to oppose the project in Dublin South East and at a national level.
“We must not forget that the Labour Party, along with Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, voted to include incineration in the Dublin Regional Waste Management Strategy in 1998. Our county is now paying the price.
“The reality is this: the Greens are the only party to have consistently opposed incineration as an option anywhere in Dublin City and County. Minister John Gormley is doing exactly what he said he would do in supporting alternatives to incineration and working to reverse ill-advised policies of the past.
“Green councillors voted against the Waste Management Plan at all of the Dublin councils in 1998 because it contained a commitment to incineration. More recently, in Fingal, former Green Party Councillor Joe Corr had to use his casting vote as Mayor to support opposition to the incinerator following a motion passed by Dublin City councillors.
“It is unfortunate that at this time Greens are not in a position to influence policy at council level in Dublin. As a result, there is little or no cohesive democratic approach to waste management, with councillors from Labour and indeed Fine Gael taking different stances depending on local audiences. Dublin deserves better,” Deputy Gogarty said.