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Dáil Committee urges minister to resolve Dublin waste crisis

16 February, 2012 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson Brian Stanley TD today welcomed the Dáil Environment Committee’s call on Minister Hogan to use his influence to resolve the waste crisis in Dublin.

Speaking today Deputy Stanley said:

“I tabled the motion at the recent Dáil committee meeting calling on the Minster Hogan to use his influence and to intervene to resolve the situation of uncollected waste in Dublin. I would urge the minster take heed.

“He can no longer deny his responsibility. It is clearly his responsibility. If he is willing to take the mercs and perks he must also take the responsibility that goes with being Minister for Environment and Local Government.

“To date the transfer of responsibility from the City Council to Greyhound has been proven to be a disaster for the residents. Households must pay €100 up front to receive the service of having their domestic waste collected. Further payment must then be paid for each lift.

“Only those with access to email can avail of the reduced €50 up front offer. This excludes thousands of people, particularly senior citizens. Waste has remained uncollected despite the fact that tags have been attached to bags. Relevant bar codes have not been circulated ensuring bins remain uncollected. This is both unsightly and unhealthy.

“Minister Hogan must urgently intervene to avoid a public health risk in Dublin and, in the longer term, legislation must be introduced, as outlined in the Programme for Government, to regulate the domestic waste collection industry in Ireland.” ENDS

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