11 March – LAP organises a Family Protest March from City Hall, Merchants Quay to The People’s Park. The sun shines and an estimated thousand concerned citizens turn up to participate in what is a positive and peaceful occasion.
A good attendance of local politicians, including Deputies Willie O’Dea, Maurice Quinlivan, Jan O’Sullivan plus Senators Maria Byrne, Paul Gavan and Kieran O’Donnell. They were joined by Cllrs Malachy McCreesh, James Collins, Daniel Butler, Cian Prendiville, Elenora Hogan, John Loftus, John Gilligan, and others.
Limerick set out some of the principal risks at stake in this confrontation between big business and community well-being. They ask for a proper assessment of
- The human health risks this incineration process will introduce;
- Risks to the food chain, local agriculture and the dairy industry resulting from increased dioxin and levels of heavy metal particulates;
- The reputational risks for a rapidly-changing Limerick;
- The traffic and infrastructure risks;
- Noise contamination and odour risks;
Other issues raised include the need for
- Independent, monitoring within the city and region of air quality and contamination levels; a proper council-led plan should have been discussed before planning had been issued.
- A clear strategy on how comprehensive mitigations and safeguards on air quality might be implemented going forward;
- A community-involved response to regional waste management.
31 March – Clare Cllr Cathal Crowe submitted a motion at a meeting of Clare County Council asking the council to lodge an appeal to An Bord Pleanála over the CRH/ICL proposal. However, an amendment made on the day resulted in the Council making a submission to the EPA rather than An Bord Pleanála. In a statement, Cllr Cathal Crowe said that ‘airborne pollutants know no boundaries’ and the particles coming from the chimney stacks in Limerick could conceivably travel not just into the nearby communities of Meelick, Cratloe, Shannon, Bunratty and Sixmilebridge, but also into parts of north and west Clare.