Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Toxic dump in the middle of the best agricultural land in Ireland? No local Green party TD would allow that, or would they?

Fergus Byrne, Sinn Féin representative for the Balbriggan area, expressed his anger at An Bord Pleanála decision to give the green light for a controversial new landfill at Nevitt, Lusk, Co Dublin. He said, “This is yet another blow to the local community in North County Dublin and especially those trying to promote and develop the agricultural sector in the region. For years now The Nevitt Lusk Action Group have fought this plan and they have highlighted that Fingal County Council's own consultant’s have confirmed the Nevitt aquifer as a future water supply for the area. Given this fact I ask anybody to tell me how it can make sense to place a toxic dump right in the middle of such a water supply for an area that is famous throughout the country for producing food!”

We in Sinn Féin would like to put on record that we feel this decision simply does not make any sense what so ever. At this time all those involved in the agricultural sector are struggling to compete with cheap food imports and as a result jobs are under threat or being lost. However, one of the advantages that Irish farmers have is our country’s reputation for producing quality HEALTHY food products. This is a market advantage we must build on to grow this sector of the economy, increase exports and secure jobs. So what happens? Bord Pleanála decide to put a toxic dump in the middle of the best agricultural land in Ireland! This is clearly MADNESS!!!

Fergus Byrne further stated that local people should demand that Trevor Sargent take action now to stop this development. He said, “What is the point in having the Green Party in government, and an ex Green Party leader as our local TD, if he won’t do anything to protect the environment and agricultural jobs in our area. I would encourage everybody to contact Trevor ASAP and let him know that we demand he do something to prevent a toxic dump being located in the heartland of Irish agriculture. It is only by people putting pressure on now that this disastrous decision can be reversed.”

The contact details for Trevor Sargent are as follows. His office number 01 8900 360, or you can leave a comment on his website or go along to his clinic in Balbriggan, Friday evenings, 7.00-7.30pm: Hamilton Room, 2nd floor, Town Hall, Balbriggan, or Swords, Saturday mornings, 10.00-10.30am: Constituency office, 2 Glebeview, Rivermall (off Main St. - adjacent to Wise Owl Bookshop), Swords.


  1. This is crazy stuff. I hope Sargent gets a kicking on this one. I respect the green party memebrshi and cannot see them sitting back and accepting this type of nonsense

  2. its one thing expresing your anger,writing it in words on a blog,but what action is our sinn fein rep proposing to take on this issue.Refareing it to another td`s web site is not good eneough.In times like this we need leadership,education on this issue,there is a dump already there in the best agri land in Ireland.Sinn Feinn are not doing eneough to help local people to deal with issues off this nature.ACTION ACTION ACTION where is our leaders!!!!

  3. Hello Anon, this is Fergus Byrne. I appreciate your comments but i would point out that i have been involved in this campaign and expressed my support for the Nevitt Lusk Action Group who have been fighting this campaign for a number of years now. I have attended a number of meetings and fully the excellent work carried out by the Nevitt Lusk Action group.

    However I feel the situation is one in which we now need to put serious pressure on trevor Sargent to deliver on this issue. He is our local TD, he is the ex green party leader and the current leader of the Green Party is the minister that oversees this area of government.

    Given all of this I feel my call for people to contact Trevor directly is a positive and constructive one. He has the contacts to stop this development and he should do that.

    in relation to other steps i will be in further contact with the Nevitt Lusk Action Group and i will suppor them in whatever steps they now feel are appropriate.

  4. wow, this is the 1st I've heard of this happening. The local people should be more informed about these issue's. Something has to be done to stop this from going ahead.If Sargent wont do anything the local people who oppose this crazy idea of putting a landfill in beautiful Lusk should get up of there arse help save there community. I'll look forward to seeing how much help we get from you Fergus. Keep up the good work,lets fight this all the way.

  5. Great to that someone cares about Lusk and is willing to do something.. well done Fergus!!