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One year postponement of bin charge hikes not good enough – Adams

21 June, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dáil this afternoon, has said the twelve month voluntary postponement of hikes in bin charges by bin companies is ‘not good enough and regulations or legislation to prevent householders being ripped off must be introduced as soon as possible’.

Teachta Adams said:

“In January, under the Taoiseach’s watch, then Minister Alan Kelly introduced a Statutory Instrument which has allowed for households to be fleeced by some unscrupulous waste disposal companies.

“The Government maintained the new charging regime would mean ninety percent of households would pay less to have their bins collected. It now turns out that, in reality, up to 90% of families and households will pay substantially more.

“The companies have agreed amongst themselves to put that off for a year. That’s not good enough.

“Citizens, already struggling with the cost of living crisis in mortgages, rents, childcare, water charges, property tax and car insurance, are being hit once again. Yet another increase, on top of all the other taxes, costs and charges the Government have inflicted on them in recent years.

“It will also impact on small businesses and on the farming community, with the prospect of illegal dumping rising across the State.

“The regulations - another part of Minister Kelly’s glorious legacy - were introduced by the stroke of a Ministerial pen and they can be removed today by the stroke of a Ministerial pen if the Government wanted. Pushing this issue down the road to defuse a political storm is not good enough. 

“The Government must make a commitment that new regulations or legislation to prevent bin companies from hiking up charges - this year, next year, or any other year - are introduced this week.” 

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