698. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 38 of 21 June 2016, regarding the potential strategic implications of the planned waste incinerator, currently in the planning permission process, on the Naval Service headquarters in County Cork, his Department’s contingency plans, should this planning permission be granted; the next steps in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19341/16 asked on 05 Jul 2016)
Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): The Department of Defence, following consultation with the Air Corps and the Naval Service, recently made an oral submission to an Bord Pleanála regarding the proposed development of the waste to energy facility in Ringaskiddy. The submission identified two areas of concern, the proximity of the incinerator stack to Haulbowline and the difficulties in the evacuation of the island if necessitated by an incident at the incinerator facility. As the planning application on the building of an incinerator in Ringaskiddy is currently under consideration by An Bord Pleanála it is not proposed to anticipate the outcome. The operational requirements of the Defence Forces will be reviewed in the context of the planning decision in due course.