Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (136)

Trevor Sargent

Question:

132 Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will report on correspondence or meetings held with the delegation from UNESCO which visited the Boyne Valley area in regard to plans by a company (details supplied) to locate an incinerator at Carranstown, Duleek, County Meath. [7310/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Officials of my Department met with the UNESCO delegation to assist it in its mission which is to report to the World Heritage Committee on the state of conservation generally of the Brú na Bóinne world heritage site and on any impact on this site from the proposed thermal waste facility at Carranstown, County Meath.

My officials arranged a programme for the delegation which included visits to Brú na Bóinne and to the site of the proposed thermal waste facility and meetings with elected local representatives, officials of Meath County Council, local interested parties including NGO representatives, officials from OPW and my Department and Indaver Ireland. The delegation will submit a report to the World Heritage Committee at its meeting to take place this summer.