Protest planned in Limerick after Irish Cement given green light to…

first_imgLimerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Minister asked to review need for more incinerators in Limerick Print Facebook Twitter NewsEnvironmentProtest planned in Limerick after Irish Cement given green light to burn alternative fuelsBy David Raleigh – September 20, 2019 1043 WhatsApp Linkedin Email Opponents of Irish Cement’s incinerator plan taking part in a protest march in 2018 in Limerick.Photo: Cian ReinhardtA protest march is to take place in Limerick next month after controversial plans by Irish Cement Limited to burn alternative fuels, including used tyres, were given the green light by the EPA, subject to conditions and appeal process.There was a widespread shock this Thursday when residents, politicians, and groups opposed to the company’s licence application, received confirmation that the Environmental Protection Agency were allowing the €10m project proceed, subject to a 28-day appeal process.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Claire Keating, a local resident, and spokeswoman with Limerick Against Pollution (LAP),  said she was “shocked” and “extremely disappointed” the decision.Ms Keating said “4,400 objections” were lodged against the plans.“We will be pursuing lots of avenues to stop this. We definitely will be launching an appeal, and we plan on requesting an oral hearing. We are also seeking legal advice, and we have been onto MEPS in Europe too.”“A protest march is planned to take place at City Hall (Limerick) on the 5th of October. We are not going to give up,” Ms Keating explained.The deadline for objections to be submitted against Irish Cement’s proposal is October 15th.Fianna Fáil Councillor James Collins, said it was a “hugely disappointing decision” which he claimed “will damage public health and Limerick’s reputation as a clean, green city”.Cllr Collins said the area where waste will be burned is “adjacent to a public park, four schools”.The EPA’s “Proposed Determination” on Irish Cement’s application “provides for the acceptance of non-hazardous waste materials to be used as alternative fuels and raw materials, up to a maximum of 90,000 tonnes per annum”.The EPA said there were “more than 100 individual conditions relating to the environmental management, operation, control and monitoring of the installation”.It added it was “satisfied that the emissions from the installation when operated in accordance with the conditions of the proposed licence will meet all required environmental protection standards and will not endanger human health or harm the environment in the vicinity of the installation or over a wider area”.Sinn Fein TD, Maurice Quinlivan said he was “appalled”, and added, “this is a toxic decision by the Environmental Protection Agency”.Welcoming the EPA’s decision, a spokesman for Irish Cement the company “will study the details of the proposed licence before making any further comment”.The EPA’s decision follows a decision in April 2018, by An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the replacement of fossil fuels at Irish Cement’s production plants in Limerick and at Platin, Co Meath, which were both opposed by environmental groups.Limerick City and County Council had initially granted the company permission to go ahead with its plans.Last December Irish Cement pleaded guilty before Limerick District Court in a Prosecutions brought by the EPA, to breaching the terms of its industrial emissions licence at its Limerick plant and received a €4,000 fine.The court heard a thick “glue-like” dust leaked from its production plant, causing damage to nearby homes, cars and gardens.At the time, Irish Cement had three previous convictions for similar breaches of its industrial licence, including two in July, 2018 and one in 2007.center_img Previous articleNew music from Paddy MulcahyNext articleLeon’s Lifeline getting set for Fundraising Demo with Rachel Allen David Raleigh Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Advertisement TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSEnvironmentIrish CementLimerick City and CountyNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Residential transactions rise again

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Residential transactions rise again previous nextHousing MarketResidential transactions rise againUK property sales boosted by an array of attractive mortgage deals.The Negotiator4th December 20150564 Views Residential property sales in the UK have exceeded 100,000 per month for a fifth month in succession with purchasers taking advantage of low mortgage borrowing rates.The latest official transaction data from HMRC reveals that the provisional seasonally adjusted UK property transaction count for October 2015 was 105,490 residential and 10,160 non-residential transactions. However, sales still remain significantly below the monthly tally of almost 150,000 recorded at the height of the property boom in 2006.This means residential purchases in October fell month-on-month by 0.2 per cent but on a 12 month basis rose by 6.3 per cent comparedwith the 99,290 recorded in October 2014.“In October 2014, the residential market cooled slightly following a busy summer – but this year the market shows little sign of slowing down,” said Brian Murphy (left), Head of Lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau.“Demand from potential buyers remains high, with many taking advantage of the excellently priced mortgage rates available on the market,” he added.Despite a slight correction in property transactions on a monthly basis, the UK housing market remains “head and shoulders above a year ago”, as buyers take advantage of a wave of “low interest rates and attractive mortgage products”, according to Peter Rollings (right), CEO of Marsh & Parsons.Andrew Bridges, Managing Director of Stirling Ackroyd, said that the number of people in acquiring new homes is the “most permanent symptom of success” in the housing market.He commented, “And on that measure the news is good – the residential market is moving again, with transactions growing at least as quickly as annual price rises across the UK.”In London, the property market continues to be supported by strong buyer enthusiasm, including from first-time buyers despite high house prices.Bridges continued, “The danger of stamp duty changes frightening away buyers at the very top of the market has also not been as serious as was imagined – particularly away from London’s more traditional high-end enclaves, the top of the market is accelerating too.”But Stirling Ackroyd’s Managing Director warned that there are simply nowhere near enough new homes being built to “stave off future floods of demand”.“If numbers matter to the property industry, they matter even more to families and workers looking for places to live. To keep up with the pace of population, numbers need to start mattering to planning offices, to government departments – and to ministers,” he added.housing market residential transactions rise residential property sales December 4, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more