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* MINISTER RABBITTE REFUSES TO RESPOND TO DAMNING NEW HEALTH EVIDENCE IN RELATION TO EAST WEST INTERCONNECTOR
* DALY CALLS ON MINISTER TO ACT
Socialist Party TD Clare Daly had an angry exchange in the Dail today (07/03/2012) with Labour’s Minister Pat Rabbitte over the Minister’s refusal to intervene in relation to the fact that it has emerged that Eirgrid submitted seriously inaccurate information during the oral hearing into the East West Interconnector and the very serious potential health effects for residents, especially children.
Deputy Daly was questioning the Minister in relation to whether he was satisfied with the electro magnetic field information submitted by Eirgrid to An Bord Pleanala. She slammed his assertion that he had “no reason to believe that any relevant information in relation to EMF had been withheld or misrepresented”.
She said, “The Minister has every reason to believe that this happened. This information was brought to his attention, where Rush Community Council explained how Eirgrid had incorrectly stated during the planning process that the magnetic field would be static only. They now admit that the actual magnetic filed will have a time varying component, and that this knew this all along, but try to say that this information is insignificant.”
“This is absolutely not the case. The fact that one of the government’s own former advisor’s Professor Anthony Staines said, “It now appears that the evidence as to the induced magnetic field presented at the oral hearing was SERIOUSLY INACCURATE….. the potential adverse health effects of the cable system’s magnetic field have not been assessed..low frequency magnetic fields increase the risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, “should be the decider in the government demanding an immediate inquiry and full re-examination of the planning process.”
“That minister Rabbitte dismisses these concerns is an affront to the community of Rush. It is now up to the Minister for Health, Dublin north’s Dr. Reilly to immediately take action,” Deputy Daly said. “Failure to act is akin to criminal neglect of residents in the area and particularly children. I really hope that residents get active again and demand that Eirgrid are called to account”
I echo the point that this is a modern disaster. It is an absolute tragedy for the families concerned. They have been evacuees from their homes for more than 100 days now. As we sit here not a single thing is being done to rectify those homes. Work is not being undertaken and they are no nearer to returning to another home. They do not want to return to the home they had because it could not be called a home.
Responding to the admission by Minister Hogan that domestic water meter installation would proceed albeit wouldn’t be completed by 2014 Socialist Party/ULA Environment spokesperson Clare Daly TD said:
“The Oireachtas Environment committee heard comprehensive arguments as to why water metering will contribute very little to water conservation compared to other necessary measures such as fixing leaks in the mains.
“Figures are also available and were presented to the committee demonstrating that average domestic water consumption in Ireland does not differ from Britain where meters have been installed for some years as part of the privatisation process began under Thatcher.
“It is clear therefore that the real agenda behind domestic metering, despite Minister Hogan’s denial is one of turning water into a commodity that ultimately, as is the case in England and Wales make obscene profits.
“That the government is willing to front hundreds of millions of euro on to private manufacturers of meters and private contractors and then load that cost onto householders is an abuse plain and simple.
“Opposition to the metering process will be a key aspect of the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes.”
Socialist Party TD Clare Daly, who has for years opposed this development said of the announcement
‘This is a monumental decision by the Council. It is firstly a testament to the tremendous work over 14 years of the Nevitt Landfill Action Group, who fought tirelessly against this development, by taking the issue all the way to Europe and though concerted political campaigning here in Fingal.’
For years, I have raised this issue, in the Council and in the Dail. I think it is important to say that it was obvious for a long time that this project was never economically or environmentally viable and because of this there are serious questions to be answered by the Council. Over €30 million has been spent acquiring land, a significant portion of which contained an illegal landfill site, which will now have to be cleaned up, at taxpayer’s expense.
Now, as we have raised before, there needs to be an independent investigation into this project and the money that has been spent on it; it is too much money and too serious of an issue to be let lie. Socialist Party Councillor for Swords, Eugene Coppinger will continue to work on this by pushing for an independent investigation to take place.’
Daly added, ‘The overturning of the CPOs on the homes of residents near where the dump would have been is a particularly welcome development coming out of this announcement. It is a victory and an immense relief for people in Nevitt who can spend Christmas knowing that they will not now be forced to leave their homes during the next year.’