Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in grubby backroom deal on bin charges – Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson Brian Stanley TD has described the result of last night’s Dáil debate on bin charges as a grubby backroom deal between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
Speaking today Deputy Stanley said;
“I previously said that Fianna Fáil’s motion on bin charges was designed as a spoiler motion designed to let the government off the hook as Sinn Féin had planned to put down a much stronger motion which would have blocked the new punitive charging regime.
“The result of last night’s debate, the passing of the government’s counter motion, proved that to be the case. This was a grubby backroom deal between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
“They have not withdrawn the current charging proposals and have not set any parameters to limit the potential for sky-rocketing prices.
“They have not put in place a waiver scheme for low income households or made adequate provision for medical incontinence.
“And they have not put in place a policy to reduce waste or to oblige manufacturers and wholesalers to reduce packaging.
“I could see that the debate was leading to a stitch up between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and that they had the numbers to pass whatever they wanted regardless of whether a vote was called or not.
“However, in retrospect, I believe I should have called a vote to register Sinn Féin’s outright opposition to these charges in the Dáil.
“Sinn Féin will continue to lead the campaign against this new regime of waste charges and will continue to be the real opposition to this Government.
“This was classic Fianna Fáil stroke politics and another example of why Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted.”