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Dublin waste crisis raised at Oireachtas committee by Sinn Féin

14 February, 2012 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin's spokesperson on environment, community & local government Brian Stanley TD raised the waste crisis in Dublin at Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment.
Deputy Stanley said before the meeting:
“I intend to raise the crisis of Greyhound refusing to collect 18,000 households waste. This poses a serious public health risk. The transfer of responsibility from Dublin City Council to Greyhound has been a disaster from the start. “Greyhound has failed to provide a full and proper service to the citizens of Dublin. While Dublin City Council management have failed to take any responsibility for their role in sell off of this essential service.
“The response today from Greyhound has been unacceptable. Greyhound is demanding €100 up front for collection of waste. Only those with access to internet can avail of their €50 up front offer. So, this offer excludes thousands of people, particularly senior citizens.”
Stanley explained:
“'This secret deal between Greyhound and council management highlights the need for robust legislation to regulate domestic waste collection services. The Programme for Government committed to introducing legislation which would contain a public obligation and a waiver system.
Dublin City Council management and Greyhound have displayed utter contempt for the public. The minister must step in and ensure full service is resumed in Dublin.”
In conclusion deputy Stanley said: “I will be proposing that this Committee contacts Minster Hogan, urging him to intervene immediately in the waste crisis and to introduce legislation to regulate this industry.”

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