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Sinn Féin will oppose Dublin City Council waste collection privatisation

17 August, 2011

Sinn Féin leader on Dublin City Council, Councillor Larry O'Toole, has said his party is strongly opposed to the proposed privatisation of the refuse collection service in the city.

Speaking today Councillor O’Toole said:

“The proposal to privatise the Dublin City Council waste collection service is totally unacceptable to Sinn Féin and we will strongly oppose it. Privatisation will result here, as elsewhere, in higher costs for householders and lower wages for workers. Already we have seen the existing waiver scheme for low income families and individuals undermined. Privatisation will remove even the limited waiver scheme at a time when people on low to middle incomes are struggling to survive.

“At the time when bin charges were introduced assurances were given that the service would not be privatised. Now we see the reality. In South Dublin County Council privatisation was imposed without even a vote of councillors. Sinn Féin councillors will be demanding that this matter comes before the City Council’s September meeting.

“Dublin City Council, like other public services, is being starved of resources by government in pursuit of its failed economic austerity policy. Sinn Féin councillors will oppose this policy of cuts and privatisation.” ENDS

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