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Irish politician calls for legal curbs on repeat infrastructure applications

Words: Roger Milne

A senior politician has called for legislation limiting the number of times planning applications can be made for major infrastructure projects in Ireland.

The call came from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin when he spoke at the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing into Indaver’s planned €160 million incinerator at Ringaskiddy at Cork Harbour.

The company has applied for the third time to build a waste facility there.

“Given the history of this particular proposal and the overwhelming unanimous view across the entire community and the opposition of all councillors on Cork County Council, there is an issue for us as legislators as to when do you say ‘Stop’,” he said.

“There comes a time when, after two refusals and overwhelming opposition, it’s time for Indaver to call a halt and fold up their tent and walk away from this proposal,” Martin added.

He was speaking after taking time out from the protracted negotiations with Fine Gael over the formation of a new government.

Martin argued that locating the project in Cork Harbour was at odds with the Cork County Development Plan’s strategy to develop Spike Island into a major tourist attraction.

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