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

Gold Coast mansion formerly home to property veteran Max Christmas sells at auction

first_imgIt has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.“There were three registered bidders there and it was sold to a local buyer.“They’re going to move in.”The prominent property has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms with a pool, spa and cabana outside.There is also a separate guesthouse, boat house and jetty.Mr Paradise said the prestige market had been revitalised in recent weeks.“The prestige market is going from strength to strength,” he said.“In the prestige areas, I think there’s been more and more buyers after the election and more confidence out there.” There have been several failed attempts to sell the property over the past four years.It was built for property veteran and former councillor Max Christmas in the 1980s by Soheil Abedian, who co-founded development company Sunland Group.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoProperty records show it has been listed on the market several times in the past four years, at one point with a $9.85 million price tag.Ray White Prestige Gold Coast agent Jackson Paradise relisted the residence a month ago in a renewed push to sell it.“We just changed the (marketing) strategy and it worked,” he said. MORE NEWS: Buyer wastes no time snapping up waterfront home Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 MORE NEWS: Unusual feature sells house A local buyer snapped up the sprawling residence. The mansion at 79-81 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters, has sold for $5.3 million.A WATERFRONT mega-mansion that was once home to Gold Coast property kingpin Max Christmas has sold under the hammer – four years after it initially hit the market.Local buyers snapped up the Paradise Waters property on Commodore Drive for $5.3 million at Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s mid year auction event on Thursday.The sale, which follows several failed attempts over the years, has resulted in a hefty profit for sellers Peter and Lisa Le Fanue, who paid $2.15 million for it 21 years ago. It was built for Gold Coast real estate pioneer Max Christmas in the 1980s.last_img read more

CARICOM needs tax harmony, says Trinidad minister

first_img 14 Views   no discussions Tweet Share NewsRegional CARICOM needs tax harmony, says Trinidad minister by: – July 17, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Minister of Finance, Senator Larry HowaiPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Tax harmonisation in the CARICOM Treaty and in the CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME) needs to be given priority.Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Finance and the Economy Minister, Larry Howai made the statement as he addressed the 25th General Assembly and Technical Conference of Caribbean Organization of Tax Administration.“It is noted that in the tax arena, tax harmonisation remains a work-in-progress. Tax harmonisation reduces the tendency for competition amongst member states and provides equal investment opportunity amongst states,” Howai said.The minister said he has been reliably informed that multinational companies are already exploiting the region’s failure to take this step and it is “working to the detriment of the region as a whole”.The minister added that in order to improve the situation regarding taxation in the region the information exchange capacity of the treaty must be improved.He said discussions for this improvement were already ongoing and the effort must continue.The minister said in competing for investments by making their tax systems more attractive to multinational companies, countries in the region must be careful to ensure that the changes are not anti-competitive and harmful to the region. Howai also suggested greater and more regular interaction among member states to aid in standardisation of our tax issues. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more