Indaver Ireland have submitted further information as requested by An Bord Pleanala regarding the Ringaskiddy Incinerator application, correcting their erroneous dioxin figures and simultaneously claiming that the Department of Defence need not be concerned about the safety of helicopter flight paths. The track record of accuracy in this application means that the vested opinions and expertise of Indaver and their consultants must be taken with a pinch of salt.
CHASE Chairperson Mary O’Leary said “Indaver have been engaged with An Bord Pleanala since August 2012, which is adequate time to submit a comprehensive and correct submission.
The extended time afforded to Indaver to both correct their figures and address Department of Defence concerns is a real kick in the teeth for those who scrambled to make submissions and observations on the huge volume of material submitted by Indaver in January 2016, material it turned out was not even correct.
That Indavers application was not true enough be considered by the Bord without correction should in our opinion have merited rejection, not an opportunity for correction.
The Department of Defence are the sole experts in matters of strategic importance to Ireland. Indaver and their hired experts have no jurisdiction in this area. It is of great concern that a private company with a vested interest and poor track record in accuracy is deemed an appropriate entity to provide information on a matter as critical as helicopter safety.
The Department of Defence and Air Corps have already replied to Indaver’s challenge during the 2016 Hearing, stating clearly that the Indaver facility would carry strategic implications for the state.
Logic would dictate either rejection at this stage or a further opportunity for observers to revise their submissions based on the revised material.
The original deadline for a decision on this application, lodged in January 2012, was 12 July 2016. The deadline was deferred for a fourth time in March 2017 and the case is currently listed for decision by 10 August.