Kieran O’ Donnell T.D. PRESS STATEMENT Thursday 5th March 2020
O’Donnell Welcomes EPA Granting An Oral Hearing this May in Limerick for the Irish Cement Licence Application – O’Donnell
Limerick TD, Kieran O’Donnell has today received written confirmation from the EPA that they have granted an Oral hearing in respect of the current Irish Cement Limited licence application for the burning of Alternative fuels at the Limerick Plant in Castlemungret. This Oral hearing will take place in Limerick this coming May, and is expected to be held over 4 days, with the venue to be confirmed shortly. Along with others, Deputy O’Donnell had formally requested this Oral hearing from the EPA and he welcomed this decision. He has requested that it takes place in the South Court Hotel, Raheen.
“I welcome this decision by the EPA to grant an Oral hearing, this coming May in Limerick. Furthermore, this must be held in the South Court Hotel, Raheen, Limerick to facilitate local residents affected being able to attend.
“Having seriously considered the EPA board’s recommended determination of 18th September 2019 and taking into account the genuine and legitimate fears of local residents, on Public health grounds, I continue to hold major concerns and reservations with this recommendation to grant by the EPA board. This Oral hearing will facilitate putting forward these serious concerns in a public forum and I would encourage as many as possible to attend and participate.