Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has welcomed Cork City Council’s decision to deny planning permission to the Country Clean group for an expansion to their waste treatment site in Farranree.
The Ireland South MEP previously met with residents in the area to discuss their concerns about plans for the expansion.
Following the meeting she raised a number of Parliamentary Questions in Europe about the site and was one of 90 people to submit an objection to the plans to the council.
“I am relieved that the council have heeded the concerns of local residents regarding these plans and want to thank my Sinn Féin colleagues on the council for supporting the community,” she said.
“This result is a victory for people power. It shows what communities can achieve if they stand together and speak with one voice.
“People in the Farranree area had very legitimate concerns about Country Clean’s history of failing to live up to their environmental protection responsibilities and Country Clean did nothing to allay those fears.
“There were also serious concerns about the area’s ability to handle the size and quantity of machinery that would come with an expansion to the site, given the lack of appropriate infrastructure.
“The Council considered all this and while I am glad they made the right decision I remain concerned about a number of issues that were raised during my meetings with the community.
“For example, why is Country Clean’s EPA waste treatment licence granted in perpetuity? It does not require updating, even after a series of serious breaches.
“The process by which these licences are granted and the length of time they apply for is, in my view, seriously flawed and I will be asking my colleagues on the Council to look into the possibility of reforming it.”