MORE than €15,000 has been raised in a month to fund the ‘Save Our Skibbereen’ judicial review against the plastic factory which has received planning permission from An Bord Pleanala.
SOS activist Brendan McCormack said legal proceedings had already begun in order to make an application to the High Court within the eight week period allowed, following the An Bord Pleanala decision to grant permission in early December.
Mr McCormack said they are waiting to see if they will be granted a full hearing at the High Court.
“We are almost 100% certain that we will get a hearing,” Mr McCormack said.
“That will extend the campaign and stop the factory being developed until that process is exhausted.”
Mr McCormack also said the campaign would be looking to see if the company behind the plastic factory RTP want to keep plugging away in the face of such public opposition.
“We have been getting donations from abroad, from people who holiday in West Cork, Ballydehob, Schull, Clonakilty. Everybody is aware that this is bad for West Cork.”
“It doesn’t click with anything down here. Tourism and food, all of the things that West Cork is becoming known for, it ruins the idea of the Wild Atlantic Way.
“It ruins the idea of good food restaurants and the wider sense of food produced in West Cork and exported all over the world.
“Also it makes little sense to have your factory a 100km from the nearest port where you have to import the raw materials and also export them back out of the port.
“It’s not on a motorway, there isn’t even a dual carriageway and you are going through Clonakilty, Bandon, Innishannon, Skibbereen. It makes no sense.”
Mr McCormack reiterated the concerns of the An Bord Pleanala Inspector, who said RTP had never stated exactly what they are going to be doing in the factory.
“The Inspector said he didn’t have enough information to make an educated decision.” The local community are also worried about emissions from the factory, which would blow directly into Skibbereen, and the smell of plastic in the air.