Archive for April, 2009



New format for incinerator oral hearing is fairer for the community, says Cllr. Donnelly

27th April 2009

At the oral hearing for the Ringaskiddy incinerators which started today, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for Cork County Council for the Carrigaline electoral area, was pleased that the Bord Plenála inspector changed her mind, and went for a fairer format for the community.

Cllr. Donnelly said: “The format originally proposed by the inspector was completely unfair to the community, as the applicant Indaver would have been able to present new material on a particular module, and the community would have had to respond immediately, without being able to consult the experts in that area.  At least now the applicant has to present all their material first, over the next number of days, and the community will have time to consider the material and respond accordingly, seeking specialist expertise where necessary.”

Cllr. Donnelly continued:  “It is still unfair that the applicant is being allowed present substantial new material at the hearing.  This puts the community at a disadvantage, as there will be little time to analyse the new material and formulate the response.  This hearing is going to take a herculean effort from the harbour communities over the next number of weeks.”

Cllr. Donnelly congratulates the residents of Bracken Court in Donnybrook for spring cleaning their estat

27th April 2009

Cllr. Dominick Donnelly with Bracken Court resident Helen Maher, and the pile of rubbish collected by the residents

Cllr. Dominick Donnelly with Bracken Court resident Helen Maher, and the pile of rubbish collected by the residents

The residents of Bracken Court in Donnybrook did a spring clean on their estate on Sunday 26th April.  The clean up was meant to happen on Saturday, but was postponed to Sunday due to the bad weather on Saturday.  Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for Cork County Council for the Carrigaline electoral area, helped the residents with their clean up.

Cllr. Donnelly said: “It is great to see the residents taking the initiative and cleaning up their own estate.  The residents of Bracken Court do a clean up every year, and it shows.  The estate is very well maintained and kept very clean.  Ideally there would be no need for clean ups, but given that some members of our society have no regard for their surroundings, it is left to the rest of us who care to clean up for the minority.  We really need a lot more litter wardens, so that those who litter are caught and prosecuted.”

Dominick’s written submission to An Bord Pleanala on Ringaskiddy incinerators

https://dominickdonnelly.com/links/written-submission-to-an-bord-pleanala-on-ringaskiddy-incinerators/

Cllr. Donnelly is confident incinerators will not get planning permission

26th April 2009

The oral hearing for the Ringaskiddy incinerators starts on Monday 27th April, and will proceed for about three weeks.  Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for Cork County Council for the Carrigaline electoral area, who has been part of the steering committee of CHASE (Cork Harbour Area for a Safe Environment) for the past eight years, is confident that finally the threat of the incinerators in Cork Harbour will be refused at this oral hearing.

Cllr. Donnelly said: “At the last An Bord Pleanála oral hearing into the Ringaskiddy incinerators over five years ago, the only reason planning permission was granted was on the grounds that incineration was part of Government policy at the time.  That is clearly not the case any more.  The Minister for the Environment John Gormley has made a number of statements to that effect, in advance of the complete review of waste management policy due later this year.”

Cllr. Donnelly continued:  “A number of other things are different this time, which should make it impossible for Indaver to get planning permission.  An Bord Pleanála refused planning permission for an incinerator in Rathcoole in Co. Dublin, on grounds which can largely be replicated in Ringaskiddy.  Also the board refused the Port of Cork planning permission in Ringaskiddy last year for their container terminal on transport grounds, which would also apply to the incinerators, albeit to a lesser extent.  Also the Department of the Environment have put in a very strongly worded submission on this application, in which they show that Indaver have basically ignored the fact that their proposed incinerators are in very close proximity to Special Areas of Conservation in Cork Harbour, such as Monkstown Creek and Loughbeg.  All of this adds up to it hopefully being inevitable this will be the end of the road for the threat of incineration in Cork Harbour.”

Cllr. Donnelly welcomes Gormley’s decision to scrap e-voting machines

23 April 2009

Getting rid of failed voting devices only sensible course of action

The Green Party’s representative in the Carrigaline electoral area has welcome the announcement that Environment Minister John Gormley is to scrap the e-voting machines, that have so far cost the country €51m.

Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, who is running for election to both Cork County Council and Passage West Town Council said: “The last government made a substantial investment of taxpayers’ money in purchasing the machines and subsequently storing them, since the Greens entered government John Gormley has worked to find the best outcome for taxpayers.

“He reduced storage costs from €706,000 in 2006 to €204,000 last year, while at the same as investigating whether it was possible to get the machines working.

“In principle, the idea of e-voting is a good one, but voting is such an important activity that it must be totally above board and free from manipulation or error. There was no way these e-voting machines could guarantee that without further substantial investment, so the only option is to dispose of the machines.

“This is ‘a legacy issue’ based on decisions taken mainly by the 1997-2002 FF-PD government, but the opposition were also enthusiastic backers of electronic voting – with Fine Gael’s John Bruton and Labour’s Ruairi Quinn very vocal in their support.

“A taskforce will now be established to work out how the storage arrangements can be terminated and the machines disposed while returning to the taxpayers as much money as possible, The Environment Minister has taken decision action on this – in the interests both of the taxpayer and the democratic system,” Cllr. Donnelly concluded. 

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Minister Gormley taken on boat tour of Cork Harbour, to see the wonderful assets and history of the harbour

23rd April 2009

Minister John Gormley with Cork Green Party candidates, before going on boat trip of Cork Harbour

Minister John Gormley with Cork Green Party candidates, before going on boat trip of Cork Harbour

L to R: Mick Murphy, Stephen Crowley, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, Mary Ryder and Minister John Gormley.

As part of his trip to Cork today, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley was taken on a boat trip around Cork Harbour by Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for Cork County Council for the Carrigaline electoral area. The purpose of the trip was to show the minister at first hand the wonderful assets of the harbour, and how this all links in to the history of Cork City and Harbour, as there is an application before his department to have Cork City and Harbour considered as suitable for promotion to UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Minister was also accompanied on the boat trip by representatives of both Meitheal Mara and the Coastal and Maritime Research Centre of UCC, who jointly submitted the application, as well as Cllr. Marcia D’Alton of Passage West Town Council.

Cllr. Donnelly said: “It was a great opportunity to take the minister on this short boat tour of Cork Harbour, and we thank him for giving us of his valuable time. The main purpose of the trip was to impress upon the minister the rich and varied history of both Cork City and Cork Harbour, and to demonstrate to him how the two are completely intertwined. While we fully recognise that achieving World Heritage Status for Cork City and Harbour is a long term project that will take a number of years to come to fruition, we hope that today’s trip will help to start that ball rolling. The benefits of achieving such status would be many, and when you see the sort of locations which have achieved World Heritage Status around the world, it is clear that Cork City and Harbour fully deserve to be added to that list.”


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