Ballyfermot fire site may not reopen for up to 12 months

by Rachel Darcy

A recycling plant in Ballyfermot may not reopen for up to 12 months, following a fire at the premises earlier this month.

Local councillor Daithí Doolan (SF) & TD Aengus O’Snodaigh (LAB) met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss the future of the Thorntons recycling plant in Ballyfermot following the fire.

Speaking after the meeting at Thornton’s Recycling Plant, Cllr. Daithí Doolan said: “The fire at Thorntons recycling plant in Ballyfermot was a great concern to residents in Ballyfermot, Drimnagh and Inchicore.

“Luckily no one injured in the fire. Residents received a ‘close windows’ warning for Dublin Fire Brigades on the night of the fire. This left people were genuinely worried about toxins that might be in the smoke from the fire.

“I contacted both Throntons and the EPA the next day to seek reassurances from them that everything was being done to protect the health and safety of the public. I felt it was important to meet with he EPA and discuss the future for the plant in Ballyfermot.”

The site will need to be rebuilt in some parts, with Cllr Doolan saying the plant may not reopen for business until it is rebuilt ‘to the best standards possible’, according to the EPA.

“This could take up to 12 months,” Doolan said.

“We were also assured that there can be no changes to the functions at the plant without Thorntons seeking a new EPA license and new planning permission from Dublin City Council.

“It is essential that the fire is fully investigated by the Chief Fire Officer and that the findings are made public.

“I am glad to say my motion demanding this was unanimously passed at this months Dublin City Council meeting. It is essential that the public, particularly local communities effected by the fire, are fully aware of the causes and consequences of this fire,” he concluded.

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