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Talking Tough not enough, Coveney must act - McDonald

17 June, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has criticised Minister Simon Coveney’s handling of the issue increased bin charges saying he should not be giving the bin companies an option to reduce their standing charges and should instead repeal the statutory instrument that has allowed them to do so.

Speaking today, Deputy McDonald said Sinn Féin Senators will move to annul the statutory instrument if the minister does not repeal it regardless of whatever commitments he gets from the bin companies.

She said:

“Minister Coveney has said he will play hard ball with the bin companies.  He will give them an ultimatum; reduce the standing charges or he will bring in new legislation.

“This is little more than tough talk.  He is the Minister in charge.  He should not be giving the companies an option.  He should simply legislate.  If he does not, he will simply leave the door open to the companies to hike their charges again at a later date.

“We all know that the statutory instrument brought in by Alan Kelly has not worked to bring down bin charges.  In fact, it has led to increased bin charges.

“Minister Coveney should move to repeal the statutory instrument rather than giving an option to the companies.

“If Minister Coveney does not move to repeal the statutory instrument, Sinn Féin will push ahead with our Seanad motion to annul it next week regardless of whatever commitments he receives from the bin companies.” 

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