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Events at bin depots represent serious and dangerous escalation of protests

14 October, 2003

Speaking after raising today's protests at bin depots across the city and county of Dublin in the Dáil this afternoon Sinn Féin Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe said:

"Today's events at bin depots throughout the city represent a serious and dangerous escalation of the bin tax protests which have left one man injured at a picket line on Collins Avenue and the effective lockout of bin workers by management at the Ballymount depot.

"In this the 90th anniversary year of the 1913 Lockout I think it is reprehensible that Dublin's local authorities have adopted the tactics of William Martin Murphy and his ilk in trying to defeat what are legitimate and principled protests against unjust taxation by ordinary people.

"The disruption of all bin collections across the city and county of Dublin is a direct consequence of the unacceptable and outrageous actions of the local authorities. We need them to step back from the confrontational path they have adopted, which has so far resulted in 15 people being jailed in relation to these unjust taxes.

"If the situation is to be retrieved we need to have a climate created that would be conducive to finding a just and equitable resolution to the bin tax dispute. This means the local authorities withdrawing their threats of non-collection and the re-introduction of a full bin service throughout the Dublin region. This is no longer just a simple dispute over non-payment of charges ? this has the potential to turn into a serious environmental and health problem as well as providing the spark for serious industrial unrest. The Councils and the Minister for the Environment's game of brinkmanship must end."ENDS

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