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The 15-year battle to build an incinerator in Cork is still going

Campaigners say they will fight it.

Image: Shutterstock/Anna Vaczi

A THIRD PLANNING application is expected to be lodged by the company seeking to build an incinerator in Cork.

Two days before Christmas, An Bord Pleanala ruled that Indaver’s proposed Ringaskiddy incinerator constitutes strategic infrastructure development. If the company does apply again, it will be the third application since 2001.

An application in 2011 was rejected by An Bord Pleanala on the grounds that the plan did not adequately plan for flooding or coastal erosion.

Campaigners against the plant say that recent storm damage from Storm Frank show that the site is not able to take a plant the proposed size of the incinerator.

Chase, a campaign group which aims to protect the Cork harbour, says that the damage shows just how vulnerable the area is.

Recent damage caused by Storm Frank to Indaver’s Gobby Beach boundary, along with general flooding highlights the extensive vulnerability of the overall area and gives good grounds for this concern.

Chase spokesperson Mary O’Leary says the group will continue to fight the incinerator.

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