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Fine Gael and Labour allowed bin privatisation to go ahead- Cllr Micheal Mac Donncha

15 January, 2012

The privatisation of Dublin City Council's domestic waste collection service which begins from Monday 16 January is happening because "Fine Gael and Labour at council and at government level have allowed it to go ahead", according to Sinn Fein’s Cllr Micheal Mac Donncha.

He said:  "Householders across Dublin City are only now receiving notice of the privatisation of their waste collection service from Monday. They face a bill for their annual charge of €100 which must be paid within 30 days plus a requirement for payment in advance for bin lifts. They also face increased lift charges from July. Low income families and individuals who have waivers are only covered for this year. People who fall below the income threshold for the former waiver will have no scheme to apply for.

"This privatisation of our city's waste collection service was opposed in three City Council votes at the end of 2011. However, Fine Gael and Labour councillors supported a City Council Budget based on the privatisation of the service. They complained of the legislation which allows the City Manager to impose privatisation while endorsing his action by their support for the budget.

"In government, Fine Gael and Labour have continued the policy of privatisation and have done nothing to introduce either the promised national waiver scheme or to repeal the Fianna Fail legislation which gives City and County managers the power to privatise.

"This is a shameful end to a City Council service that has been provided for over a century. It is a sad day for democracy in Dublin. Sinn Fein wll continue to oppose privatisation and to defend public services." ENDS

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