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Taxpayer carries cost of Greenstar clean-up

7 October, 2012 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Fein spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, has today expressed deep concerned at reports that the taxpayer will carry the €40m cost for Greenstar's four landfills.

Deputy Stanley said: “Greenstar went into receivership in August. It now appears that the taxpayer will have to cover the cost of maintaining four landfills in Meath, Galway and Wicklow.

“It is totally unacceptable that private waste companies can maximise profits when all is well but when things go wrong the public has to foot the bill. I will be raising the issue in the Dáil on Tuesday.”

“Again we see the public being forced to foot the bill for the private sector. Sinn Féin continues to call for regulation of the domestic waste industry. The government have failed to produce the required legislation. Unfortunately for the public Minister Hogan hides behind reports and reviews.

“The minister must regulate this sector. Sinn Féin proposes that the local authorities become regulators in their respective areas. This will ensure transparency and accountability, both are sadly lacking in the industry.”

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