43. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the current status of the planned incinerator at Ringaskiddy that would have strategic implications for the Naval Service should planning permission be granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26888/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As the planning application on the building of the waste to energy facility in Ringaskiddy is currently under consideration by An Bord Pleanála it is not appropriate to anticipate the outcome nor would it be appropriate for me to comment further on the application at this time. The operational requirements of the Defence Forces will be reviewed in the context of the planning decision in due course. However, as the Deputy is aware, the Department of Defence, following consultation with the Air Corps and the Naval Service, 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.