Incinerator ban forms part of Regional Strategy submission

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Malachy McCreesh, Sinn Féin. Photo: Cian Reinhardt

SINN Féin councillor Malachy McCreesh last week obtained the support of local representatives at a special meeting of Limerick City and County Council for his proposal to ban incineration of waste materials.

The ban on incineration will be included the submission to the Regional and Spatial Strategy (RSES) for the Southern Region. The proposal was seconded by his City East’s Séighin Ó Ceallaigh and approved by all councillors present.

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According to Cllr McCreesh, the aim of Healthy Limerick to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life can commence by preventing the burning of waste at the Irish Cement plant at Castlemungret.

“It is crucial that a strategy setting out a policy framework for the development, growth and investment in the Southern Region over the next 12 years, should address the impact incineration will have on the future development plans for Limerick City and County and throughout the Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area,” Cllr McCreesh said at Monday’s special meeting on the draft Regional and Spatial Strategy (RSES).

“Under the RSES, Limerick is a recognised World Health Organisation (WHO) Healthy City. The aim of Healthy Limerick to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life as a key focus for improving the quality of life of the Southern Region can commence by preventing the burning of waste at the Irish Cement plant at Castlemungret.

“Overall, there are numerous issues that need to be included in the submission to the RSES as Limerick has been dealt a bad hand in the current draft of the RSES.

“Future development plans for this entire region will be seriously impacted if the proper decision is not taken by the EPA in the review of the Irish Cement license,” he concluded.