3rd October 2014

Fine Gael TD, Anthony Lawlor, is calling on the recently appointed Minister for Environment, Alan Kelly, to take up the mantle of his predecessor Phil Hogan, and seek immediate action on the Kerdiffstown Landfill site. The EU Commissioner for Agriculture Designate, Phil Hogan, undertook great work in progressing a satisfactory resolution to this long outstanding problem affecting the locals of Kerdiffstown and Naas. Under the direction of the Minister, a detailed report was compiled by the EPA last year which offered three main options for remediation of the site, with work scheduled to commence in 2015.

“I have called upon Minister Kelly to set about securing funding in the upcoming Budget to undertake this work. In my opinion the most feasible option proposed by the EPA would cost somewhere in the region of €30 million to €50 million, which would deal with the post remediation gas, odour and surface water problems. This would ease the continuing problems associated with the site and be welcomed by the local community.

“However it is also vital that ownership of the site is resolved and that it is taken out of the hands of Nephin Trading without delay. It is essential for the successful remediation of Kerdiffstown to occur that the State undertakes a compulsory purchase of the site and I will be pressing the Minister and the Government on this matter.

“I am hopeful that Minister Kelly will engage with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, in relation to the cost of the remediation and that the funding will be available in Budget 2015 to commence the work in the coming year”.