Question to City Manager City
Could the City Manager outline the overall costs of the two reports from
RPS Ireland and the ESRI with regard to the Poolbeg incinerator and how
much of these costs will be returned to Dublin City Council following
the withdrawal of the ESRI report by that body because the document contained
significant errors and the Judicial criticism of the RPS Ireland report
which accused it of ‘massaging’ elements contained within
Furthermore, will the Manager comment on the apparent conflict of interest
for works carried out for Dublin City Council by RPS Mary Murphy Associates,
a public relations agency on a 2 year contract with DCC and RPS Ireland,
the owners of the above public relations agency and the producers of the
report which received critical judicial comments in a case in which DCC
CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
The report prepared by the ESRI for the City Council cost €103,000
+ VAT. The report has not been withdrawn and the ESRI very much stand
over their report. The ESRI are examining points raised subsequent to
the publication of the report and we understand they will comment further
within the next week.
Regarding RPS and the recent High Court case they were retained directly
by Solicitors acting on our behalf on the Waste Management Plan variation.
The RPS reports were part of a number of reports prepared at the time
and were submitted in draft form to the Solicitors. All the correspondence
in relation to draft reports, changes to the drafts or editing of the
reports took place between the Solicitors and the authors of the reports.
RPS have reviewed all of the documents prepared by RPS in this case. They
have stated categorically that proper procedures were followed throughout.
The comments and feedback during the client review stage with the Solicitors
were noted but the final reports, as issued, did not deviate from the
facts and opinions as formulated by RPS having regard to the substance
of the brief. The cost of the RPS reports amounted to €58,116.42
+VAT. The High Court judgement in this case is being considered and a
decision on whether to appeal to the Supreme Court will be made in due
Mary Murphy & Associates won the contract for PR services to the City
Council in 2009 following an open procurement process. The company also
forms part of the Client Representative consortium to the Council on the
Waste to Energy Project. No conflict of interest arises.
Can the City Manager confirm whether a “Local Employment”
clause can be inserted into a contractual agreement with a developer or
whether this is in breach of European law?
CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
As a general rule the imposition of a “Local Employment” clause
in a contract between a Local Authority and a developer runs the risk
of being in breach of European Law in that it may offend against the Articles
governing free movement of persons in respect of work and services. It
may be possible however to insert a provision requiring a small percentage
of employees from the locality to be employed on a contract.
Can the City Manager source and report the following information:
• The amount of fines issued for breach of the HGV exclusion zone
in the City Centre,
• The amount of fines paid for breach of the HGV exclusion zone
in the City Centre.
CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
A request has been made to An Garda Síochána for the above
information. The Councillor will be contacted upon receipt of further
Question to City Manager
Q108. COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
Can the City Manager provide details of the following:
• The amount of waste Dublin City Council ship abroad annually,
• A detailed breakdown of type of waste,
• The destination of this waste,
• The total cost of disposing of waste in this manner?
Dublin City Council, as a waste collector, does not export waste for disposal
or recycling. Household and commercial waste collected by the Council
is disposed through a combination of landfill and composting, while recyclables
are managed by Greyhound Recycling and Recovery (GRR). Small quantities
of hazardous waste, collected at DCC’s civic amenity and recycling
sites, are managed by specialist companies while waste electrical and
electronic waste and batteries are managed by the compliance schemes established
by the Department of Environment (WEEE Ireland and European Recycling
In 2009, GRR exported
in excess of 70,000 tonnes of material for recycling collected at kerbside
in the Dublin region. GRR comply with the National Transfrontier Shipment
Office (NTFSO) requirements to pre-notify waste exports on a quarterly
basis and a fee of 0.30 cent per tonne exported for recycling is paid
to the Office. The disposal of this waste involves an income not a cost
to DCC and the price per tonne is dependent on the type and quality of
material. The destinations of the waste include India, China, and the
The NTFSO was established
in July 2007. Dublin City Council is designated as the national competent
authority of dispatch in respect of the export of waste from the State,
the competent authority of destination and the competent authority of
transit in respect of the import of waste into, or passage of waste in
transit, through the State. The primary aim of the NTFSO is to prevent
the illegal shipment of waste abroad, and to assist firms engaged in legitimate
waste export activities.
NTFSO customers are
comprised of private companies (exporters, waste brokers and dealers,
shipping agents etc.), and other local authorities.
The NTFSO is responsible
for monitoring shipments of Amber List waste (waste that has a hazardous/mixed
component) and Green List waste (non-hazardous waste for recovery). In
2008 approximately 800,000 tonnes of amber list waste was exported from
Ireland. The destination of amber list waste is primarily mainland Europe
– i.e. Belgium, England, Germany. An estimated 600,000 tonnes Green
List waste was exported in 2008 to destinations which include England,
Belgium, Netherlands, Germany. Dry recyclable material e.g. paper, plastic
bottles are primarily exported to China for recovery. Disposal costs relate
to the type of waste and the method of disposal.