Fair play to SDLP councillor Shaun Gallagher. Sean has been entirely upfront about his support for the proposed gasification/incineration plant at Maydown, although it seems to me he has sometimes found it difficult to explain the reasoning behind this position.
He turned up at the City Hotel last Thursday to the meeting organised by Zero Waste NW and addressed via Skype from New York by America’s most prolific writer on environmental toxicality, Professor Paul Connett of St Lawrence University, and from Cardiff by Mal Williams, executive director of Zero Waste Wales.
A packed room paid rapt attention over almost two hours to a detailed account of the alternatives to gasification/incineration, how these had been adapted in North America and Europe and how the adaptation had worked out. The questions put to the Skpye-guests were sharp and searching. Not everybody will have agreed with the answers.
Sean’s performance on Radio Foyle the following morning was astounding. He’d been disappointed with the meeting, he said, because he hadn’t heard any alternatives to the current plan involving the Brickkiln company. If he hadn’t heard, he wasn’t listening. That’s been one of the difficulties experienced by campaigners trying to generate a serious debate on the subject. One side in the argument apparently has difficulty hearing what the other side is saying.Meantimes, it’s been confirmed that if the proposed Derry facility is to be made viable, tens of thousands of tons of waste will have to be imported into the North West every year. Jim Keys isn’t far wrong when he says that, “They are making Derry the dump of the North.”
Does Sean represent the considered SDLP view? And what’s Sinn Fein’s considered view?