Sinn Féin to launch petition against septic tank charges
Sinn Féin spokesperson on the environment, Brian Stanley will today launch a petition against the proposed septic tank charges.
Deputy Stanley is attending the Ploughing Championships today and will launch the petition at the Sinn Féin tent at 3pm.
Speaking from the Ploughing Championships Deputy Stanley said:
“The current and previous governments have failed in the past to deal with the issue of septic tank maintenance and inspection and we are now left with a situation where the state could face a €40 million fine in 2015 and €2.7 million daily thereafter unless mandatory inspections are put in place.
“The Fine Gael-Labour government should not see this as yet another opportunity to pick up extra revenue but this needs a common sense approach.
“Sinn Féin is proposing that a body be established for the purpose of carrying out these inspections through the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government using a €200 million fund that would employ 20 people over ten years, including a €20 million fund to allow for upgrades and refits to septic tanks.
“Rural householders are already paying the Universal Social Charge, increased mortgage repayments, rising fuel bills, increased school transport charges and now this further expense, together with proposed property taxes and water charges, will push people over the point where they can cope.
“I am calling on everyone to come along, show your opposition to these charges and sign the Sinn Féin petition.”