Responding to reports that the European Commission is urging the ECJ to fine Ireland on December 19th for not implementing EU directives, Sinn Féin environment spokesperson Brian Stanley described the fines as “Fianna Fáil’s legacy”.
Deputy Stanley said these fines must be “robustly challenged by the current government.”
“Non-compliance with both The Waste Water Directive and the Environmental Impact Assessment directive is a legacy of Fianna Fáil’s so-called ‘light touch regulation.’ Both directives were introduced under the Fianna Fáil government, but now it is the ordinary tax payer who will be paying for their poor governance.
“It must also be noted that the ongoing conflict surrounding the implementation of 53 bogs declared as Special Areas of Conservation is another failure of Fianna Fáil.
“I am urging Minister Hogan to defend Ireland's interest and ensure no fines are imposed.
“The €11 million fines would be far better spent on meeting the needs of those suffering from the recent harsh budget.”