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Sinn Féin to seek legal advice on Manager's attempt to privatise bin service – O'Toole

18 October, 2011

Sinn Féin’s Dublin City Council group leader Councillor Larry O'Toole, has today expressed, grave concern at the City Manager’s attempt to give away millions of Euros of Dublin City’s Council assets.

Speaking after last night’s special Dublin City Council meeting to discuss the privatisation of Dublin’s waste collection services, Councillor O’Toole said:

“For the third time in two months a full meeting of Dublin City Council has voted against waste collection privatisation. The first time was in September when Sinn Féin was the first party to put down such a motion. All parties and groups on the Council, except Fine Gael, are against this privatisation. Yet the City Manager is prepared to drive ahead. This is a travesty of democracy.

“Sinn Féin has very serious concerns about how this City Manager is operating. He has attempted to ignore the elected councillors of this city and has now ignored those employees providing the waste collection service. He is attempting to rail road through the privatisation of the City’s bin services.

“We predicted this would happen when bin charges were first introduced. Extra powers were given to the City Manager by Fianna Fail’s Environment Minister Martin Cullen to make him unaccountable and allowed him to enforce bin charges. We now see the sorry outcome of this decision. The City’s assets are being stripped and given away to a private waste collection service.

“The Manager aims to give away recycling plants and waste depots to a private company on December 5th. Waste collection is an essential public service. It must remain in public ownership if we are to provide a sustainable and efficient service to everyone in the city.

Councillor O’Toole explained, “City Council management has given a public commitment to privatise the bin collection service in this city by December 5th. This is unacceptable and we will continue to resist it every step of the way. We have met with IMPACT and with SIPTU. We will be seeking legal advice following last night's meeting.

“We believe that it is illegal for the City Manager to give away assets that belong to the public. He must understand that the Management are accountable to those of us with a democratic mandate.”

In conclusion Councillor O'Toole said, “We will be demanding answers to these serious questions from the City Manager. I hope the Manager sees sense and calls off his sale of the family silver.” ENDS

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