Irish Cement’s plans to convert its Limerick plant to burn alternative fuels have run into opposition from the local Green Party.
Earlier in March, the CRH group company said it was seeking approval from Limerick City and County Council to burn used tyres as well as shredded plastics. However, this has been opposed by the Green Party’s James Gaffney, who unsuccessfully stood in the Irish parliamentary elections for Limerick City in February.
Mr Gaffney told the Limerick Leader that he was concerned that “potentially dangerous” alternatives fuels were being introduced without sufficient consultation, a claim denied by Irish Cement. A spokesperson for the firm stressed that residents had been consulted on the move in December and added that switching fuels would help to maintain the plant’s competitiveness.