Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow CAPPAGH Farmers Support Group (CFSG) have criticised An Bord Pleanála for rejecting their application for an oral hearing regarding Rusal Aughinish’s plans to rock-blast close to the red mud ponds on their site at Aughinish Island.CFSG chairman Pat Geoghegan believes it has denied his group the opportunity to air their views publicly to the dangers of the rock blasting. He also says that Rusal’s burrow pit proposal will have a life-long detrimental impact on fauna, wildlife, marine life and the natural environment.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We believe such an application was reckless in the first place to be even lodged by this company. It would entail the setting off of explosives metres from an embankment storing approximately 40 million tonnes of toxic waste.“Should the embankment, which is only made up of crush rock was to be breached, it would allow thousands of tonnes to immediately flow into the Shannon destroying all before it,” Mr Geoghegan warned.This would leave the River Shannon destroyed for decades to come and clean up costs running into millions.“All this to save the company the cost of sourcing rock, which can easily be got from quarries in the area.”“An Bord Pleanála’s decision has also denied our group a forum for Irish and international experts to highlight the very real dangers of this rock blasting operation. We had also secured the services of an environment expert who has studied the dangers such blasting would have to the environment such as in Hungary in 2010 when people died and the local environment was destroyed,” he told the Limerick Post.Most of all, this decision has denied the local community an opportunity to voice their anger and their concerns to this blasting going ahead for approximately ten years and the effect it will also have on their property.“It’s a sad day that shows us and the public the protection that this company is afforded by An Bord Pleanála that they are not answerable to the public as we now await a final decision to be made.”In their response to the group’s claims, An Bord Pleanála stated that it has decided to determine the appeal without an oral hearing.“The Board has concluded that the appeal can be dealt with adequately through written procedures,” a spokesman explained. Facebook TAGSAughinishAughinish AluminaEnvironmentNewspoliticsRusal Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp Email Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Previous article€1.8 million spent on private ambulancesNext articleMind the windows Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year NewsEnvironmentPoliticsNo oral hearing on Aughinish rock-blastingBy Alan Jacques – July 13, 2018 1536 Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat
Jean de Dieu Moukagni Iwangou, a leader of the opposition Union of the Gabonese People (UPG) has declined to take up the cabinet position offered to him by President Ali Bongo as part of his cabinet reshuffle.Ali Bongo appointed Iwangou to take charge of the Ministry of Agriculture but the opposition leader declined, undermining the president’s attempt to create a united government ahead of Gabon,s polls slated for next year.The cabinet reshuffle expanded the cabinet slots to 41 from 34, a move that is seen to have been an attempt to silence the government’s critics who say that Bongo’s family has excessive control of the oil-rich central African authority.Iwangou declined the post at a press conference on Saturday saying that the decline was a call for unity amongst Ganon’s people who are impatient for change.Iwangou has been a very vocal figure in the opposition and is the president of the Opposition Front for Change, a coalition by the country’s opposition, dedicated to ending the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party’s 47 years in power.Another opposition figure, Jean-Robert Endamane also declined to take up his post as Minister for Town Planning and Housing, saying he was never consulted about the appointment.