This from Donegal News:
A scoping report issued by An Bord Pleanála to Donegal County Council last week has backed-up its reasons for refusing planning permission for the development of a landfill site at Meenaboll.
Last week a decision was taken by County Councillors not to spend any more public money on pursuing a establishing a landfill at that location. In welcoming the decision, a spokesperson for the group opposed to the development of the landfill stated that they are still not satisfied that the issue has been resolved once an for all.
"We have learnt from experience that we cannot trust everything we hear. And in light of this we will be keeping a very watchful eye on the Council and all their moves as regards Meenaboll," explained Gerry Mulgrew.
In January of this year An Bord Pleanála refused permission to Donegal County Council for the development of a landfill site at Meenaboll. As a public body the Council was entitled to request a 'scoping report' from the planning appeals board giving a detailed description for the grounds on which they were refused. This report was issued to the Council at the end of last week, and a copy, obtained by the Donegal News, stated clearly that any development of a landfill site at Meenaboll would have a detrimental affect on the on the natural amenities surrounding it.
At last week's Council meeting, Councillor Francis Conaghan expressed his belief that elected members had been treated "shoddily" on this issue and stated that the executive handled the Meenaboll situation "by stealth".
County Manager Michael McLoone stated: "I do not think the executive have acted without authority in regard to this matter and I did get approval of the elected members to seek the scoping report."
Sinn Fein's Donegal North East representative, Councillor Padraig Mac Lochlainn, praised local people following the decision that no more public money should be spent on the proposal for a landfill site at Meenaboll.
It was also agreed that a workshop should be established to discuss the implications of the situation. That workshop will inevitably involve major focus on future recycling options.
Cllr Mac Lochlainn said: "I want to praise local people for their campaign against the Meenaboll proposal. That campaign was vindicated by An Bord Pleanala's original decision in this matter.
"I also want to commend the other political parties on Donegal County Council for having the good sense to back Sinn Fein's very vocal leadership on this issue.
"The Council's decision to halt the Meenaboll proposal is an important reminder to the Council Executive that they are obliged to work in partnership with the elected members."
Gerry Mulgrew thanked Sinn Fein for tabling the motion as well as the County Mayor Enda Bonner, and Cllrs Francis Conaghan and Ian McGarvey for their support on the issue.