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ROI Incinerator levy legislation may be halted

The shock resignation of Republic of Ireland environment minister John Gormley could call a halt to proposed incineration legislation in the country.

Following the withdrawal of the Green Party, the government will fast track legislation to give legal effect to December’s budget changes before elections which are expected at the end of February.

According to the Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, “normal Dail [Parliament] business has been suspended so as to allow the Dail to devote its full attention to the Finance Bill.”

However a spokesperson for the environment department told MRW that the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) 2011 Bill, which would have introduced incineration levies, has been published, and that it would be up to a future Government to decide whether to proceed with it.

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