Attending the publication of the route options for the Limerick Junction/Cahir project, Tipperary Sinn Féin TD Martin Browne has welcomed the publications of the route options, and confirmation that all but one of the route options will constitute a bypass of Tipperary town.
Teachta Browne said: “One route option (option pink) is in keeping with the current N24 and would not constitute a bypass, but all other options would.
“It has also been confirmed to us that the two link options that are included would not be alternatives to route options, but instead are there as proposed additions.
“We have also been told that the buffer zone that has caused planning inconvenience for many recently will be reduced by 76% from Monday. “There are important choices to be made here, and a lot of careful thinking will have to be done during the public consultation process. “This is a project that won’t be done in the near future, and I was told that even with process going as smoothly as possible, the earliest completion date would be 2031.
“I urge everyone to consider this document carefully, and to make their views known in the public consultation which is open from now until August 6th, 2021.
Committee revelations show farm plastics collection system unstable and lacking transparency – Browne
Speaking following a meeting of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Tipperary Sinn Féin TD Martin Browne said that it’s far from clear whether the farm plastics collection system an equitable way of collecting waste plastic.
“Tuesday’s meeting heard varying accounts of how much plastic is being actually being stored without being recycled.
“We heard a claim from the IFFPG that 1,000 tonnes of plastic is being stored at a company which was formerly contracted to them before it went into liquidation. However, the operator of that company later claimed that the figure is more in the region of 6,000 tonnes.
“We also heard how the company that went into liquidation did so after a change in the classification of green and amber waste came into effect. That company could no longer afford the bond to export amber waste.
“This indicates two things: that the collection system is potentially leaving more plastic stored across the country than we are aware of; and that sudden changes in classification types can spell the end for some operators.
“The system also seems inequitable, insofar as farmers are paying at both ends of the process – when they purchase farm plastics and when those plastics are presented for collection and recovery – yet IFFPG is set a recovery target of just 70%, but receive 100% of the levy.
“The Department needs to take another look at this system, which can see services crumble when regulations change, burden farmers disproportionately, and still leaves too much waste unrecycled.”