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Sinn Féin to introduce Seanad motion to scrap bin charge hikes – Adams

16 June, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Louth TD Gerry Adams has warned the government that if it fails to annul the Statuary Instrument introduced by the Labour Party Minister Alan Kelly in January which has resulted in increased bin charges, then Sinn Féin will do so in the Seanad next week.

Gerry Adams, who has condemned the significant increases in bin charges and described them as outrageous.

Teachta Adams said:

“In January, in one of his last acts in government, Labour Minister Alan Kelly introduced a Statutory Instrument that allows for the introduction by waste collection companies of pay by weight charges.

“The result is that in some instances bin charges will treble for households. It is expected that up to 90% of households will end up paying more. In some areas households 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.

“Either the government now acts to bring in a new regulation or under Seanad Standing Orders that chamber has 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.”

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