Seanad debates

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business


3:30 pm

Photo of Maria ByrneMaria Byrne (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I joined a march in Limerick last Saturday attended by thousands of people protesting the decision of the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, to grant a licence for the burning of rubber tyres and various other forms of rubbish in a cement kiln at the Irish Cement plant on Dock Road. There is grave concern among residents. There are schools and many older people in the affected community and the residents want the EPA to engage with them. They would love to have an oral hearing on the decision. They are also very disappointed with the response from the council. They are concerned by the burning of tyres and a list of other items that are to be burned. Will the Leader speak to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Deputy Bruton, about engagement and get him to listen to the concerns of the people of Limerick, as well as people in County Clare, some of whom attended the protest? The community is very upset. Will the Minister engage in a debate on the matter?


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