Sinn Féin moves to end bin charge hikes – McDonald
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald, has asked Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald to end increased bin charges immediately.
Deputy McDonald said that Sinn Féin will move a motion in the Seanad next week to annul the Statuary Instrument introduced by Alan Kelly in January which has resulted in increased charges if the government does not move to do so this week.
Deputy McDonald said:
“Tánaiste, last January Government introduced pay by weight regulations for private bin companies.
“Over the last number of weeks people have been receiving letters from their bin providers. People have been truly shocked by the scale of increases due to come in from July 1st . It appears that up to 90% of people will end up paying more.
“There’s two options here. Either the Minister acts to bring in a new regulation which he is perfectly capable of doing. This regulation was introduced by Alan Kelly by the stroke of a Ministerial pen and it can be removed today by Simon Coveney by the stroke of Ministerial pen.
“Failing that, Seanad Standing Orders gives the Seanad the power to annul a Statutory Instrument within 21 sitting days of its signing by the Minister. The Seanad has only sat on ten days since then.
“Sinn Féin Senators have today submitted a motion to the Chair of the Seanad to annul Statutory Instrument and this regulation. The government must now act or we will act next week to annul the regulation and stop the increased fees.
“These ordinary families should not fleeced in the way that these companies intend.”