Anti-incineration: Galway, Meath and Cork
The onset of the accelerated growth that became synonymous with the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy in the 1990s had many repercussions across the regions. One result was a series of discursive contests which emerged as a consequence of local opposition to the development of the state’s regional waste management plans. We can locate these waste disputes within a wider dynamic which envelops the multilayered regulatory frameworks of the European Union, the Irish state and local authorities. The critical circumstance which gave rise to these local contests was the lack of any pre-existing waste-management infrastructure or policy at the onset of affluence and inherent consumerism in Ireland (Fagan 2003 68). As consumption increased so did the state’s waste crisis as an ongoing over-reliance on landfill, at rates of over 90%, became unmanageable.
KeywordsEnvironmental Protection Agency Waste Management Political Opportunity Green Party Democratic Deficit
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