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Toxic waste plant will destroy local businesses, says Ballymaloe founder

Thursday September 25th 2003

BALLYMALOE House founder Myrtle Allen yesterday claimed that it was "a travesty of justice" that an oral hearing into a proposed 100m toxic waste incinerator should refuse to hear either environmental or health issues.

The founder of one of Ireland's most famous restaurants also warned the Bord Pleanala oral hearing that if the toxic waste facility is built, it could have a catastrophic impact on hundreds of small firms in the Cork harbour area dependent on the catering, hotel and tourism sectors.

"I cannot understand how health and pollution issues can't be heard," Myrtle Allen said.

The hearing's chairman, Philip Jones, had stressed on the second day of the hearing that it was outside its remit to address health, pollution or environmental matters, and An Bord Pleanala stressed that the hearing should strictly confine itself to planning issues.

Yesterday, the Allen family of the well-known Ballymaloe House in East Cork added their support to opponents of the Indaver incinerator proposal on day three of the hearing at Cork's Neptune Stadium.

Mrs Allen said that many foreign visitors to Ballymaloe had urged her to speak out against a toxic waste incinerator being based in the area.

Mrs Allen's daughter-in-law, Darina Allen, who founded the Ballymaloe Cookery School, is also expected to make a submission to the hearing.

Belgian firm, Indaver, wants to build the toxic waste incinerator on a former Irish Steel/Irish Ispat site at Ringaskiddy on Cork Harbour. If given the go-ahead, the incinerator will process 100,000 tonnes per annum of toxic waste.

Indaver insists the incinerator will comply with the strictest operating standards in the world, exceeding both US and EU specifications in environmental compliance.

Ralph Riegel

Irish Independent
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