The controversial Poolbeg waste incinerator in Dublin looks set to go ahead this year after the State’s public private partnership financial watchdog approved the project.
Councillors in Dublin City Council were told yesterday evening that the National Development Finance Agency had issued a value for money certificate yesterday for the 600,000-tonne waste-to-energy plant, tghe agency’s approval was the final hurdle before the council, which has had planning permission for the plant since 2007, could give the go-ahead to Covanta, the US firm contracted to build and run it..”

Controversial Poolbeg incinerator plan set to proceed (Irish Times)

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27 thoughts on “This Stinks

  1. Simon

    My only objection to this is the location, and not because of any health concerns, but because of access for lorries. It should be on the M50.

      1. timble

        Does the Port Tunnel now end in Poolbeg?

        Last time I checked it was at the East Wall on the other side of the Liffey

        1. Plumbob

          “Other side of the liffey” makes it sound miles away. In reality all that’s between poolbeg and the tunnel is a kilometre or two of wasteland. I cross the eastlink every day, I’ll be able to see poolbeg out my upstairs window about 2 or 3 kilometres away as the crow flies and I’ve no problem with it. The transport inferstructure is there and it’s on the main electrical grid. People need to stop whinging!

  2. Hugh

    The lorries may indeed be a problem.

    But each year there are huge bonfires full of burning tyres over on the adjacent park, right by the GAA club. The incremental dioxins from the incinerator probably equal about 30 seconds of one of those bonfires.

    1. scottser

      Werent the councils tied into contracts to supply waste to the incinerator, with penalties if they failed to reach supply qoutas? Also signed before they doled those contracts out to panda and greyhound. Itll also be run by a private, non resident company. So on all fronts its a badly needed facility that had great scope to make things better for us all but is now a bureaucratic mess. Fukn typical.

  3. Frenchfarmer

    Lovely stuff that concrete, big money..
    Mind you; got to keep the factory running.
    Can’t just stop it.

  4. mao

    Madness putting it there, that’ll be premium city land within 10 years, dublin port and industrial building do not belong down there

    1. Bob

      You’re making the mad assumption that any politician has ever cared about the future. There’s money to be made now and now is the only thing that matters!

  5. Outta me Bento Box

    finally a sensible approach to handling waste.
    A pity John Gormley held it up unnecessarily – pure Green anti-science idiocy

    1. Bob

      Not really though. The entire project is only coming to fruition because of corruption. Now, I actually agree with the incinerator being built. But the process around it is a declaration to all politicians that Irish laws do not apply to them and to come and take what they can.

      1. Outta me Bento Box

        “Corruption” – man up and make your case.

        Ireland’s waste policy has been third world up to now – the politicans haven’t the guts to face down the middle class burghers of Sandymount more concerned with property values than sensible waste policy

    1. Nigel

      Because grown ups accept corruption, bad planning and poorly conceived waste management policies as a fact of life. Practically our motto.

      1. Pablo

        Why. Because I have a different point of view than you? Everyone here is bandying around the word corruption on here like its a fact. There’s no evidence of corruption in this. Just a long needed move away from landfill. Boo hoo that it might have a negligible negative impact of d4 residents.

        1. will-billy

          no because on every single thread in which you comment you are a contrarian. you are probably correct to say there is no ‘evidence’ of corruption here other than in my view at least, an overall systemic contempt for the public good. while it is true there are incinerators in other cities i would have to ask why this is necessary in a heavily populated area? why take a stance on something easy to consider alternatives for when there is a fair degree of opposition? that is why people yell ‘corruption’ i think

          1. Pablo

            Fair enough. And good spot on my contrary comments, buts it’s only cos I don’t generally do +1’s.

  6. Formerly known as @ireland.com

    How many other great cities have an incinerator at the centre of their port entrance?

  7. The florist

    Copenhagen’s new 100 meter heigh city centre incinerator is to double as a ski slope, I know unreal their building a second “city centre” incinerator, “it’s Mad Ted”

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