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Future of Haulbowline naval base at risk from incinerator - new planning law changes could put a stop to incinerator, Government must act – Padraig O’Sullivan

July 9, 2018

Changes made this week by Dáil introduces principle of refusing planning permission if the development is viewed being harmful to the security or defence of the State.

Statement

Last week, the government passed a change to the Planning laws with the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill. Under section 44 of the bill the Government can, at the behest of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Justice or the Minister for Defence, revoke or modify a granted planning permission where it is viewed as “likely to be harmful to the security or defence of the State or the State’s relations with another state.”

Padraig O’Sullivan believes this is a new tool in the process of objecting to the planned incinerator at Ringaskiddy. “One aspect of the objections to the incinerator that is often overlooked was the Department of Defence’s serious concerns that the proposed incinerator would have on Haulbowline Naval Base. The future of the naval facility is at risk in Cork harbour and this was highlighted by the department themselves.”

“Minister Coveney as a former Minister of Defence and now Foreign Affairs & Trade has the right under the new planning changes to object to the incinerator as it will affect the states defence interests.”

O’Sullivan appealed to Minister Coveney “I am urging Minister Coveney to stand up and us the powers made available to him to stop the incinerator in it tracks. He has the power, he can put an end to this unsuitable development whose impact will greatly outweigh its benefits to Cork harbour.”

“The state has invested a vast amount of money cleaning up Haulbowline and Cork Harbour from previous poor development decisions and now has the chance to stop another bad decision. It would be ridiculous if he stands aside on stopping the incinerator.”

ENDS.

Padraig O’Sullivan is a county Councillor and Fianna Fáil general election candidate for Cork East. He can be contacted on 087 7859314 

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