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Doolan- Report proves Minister under-funding City Council

7 March, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has welcomed an independent report on bin charges that clearly indicates that central government continues to starve Dublin City Council of much needed funding.

Speaking in Rathmines ahead of tonight's City Council meeting, Cllr. Doolan said:

"The report carried out by Mazars Ltd was commissioned by Dublin City Council and shows just how the Department of Environment refuses to make funds available to the city to collect the it's rubbish. The government will simply not allow the Local Government Fund to finance the essential service of waste collection. The local authorities then impose bin charges to recover the full cost. This is simply bully boy tactics by Minister Roche. Not only should the Minister increases funding urgently, but he should also allow Dublin City Council the much needed flexibility to spend that funding according to our needs and not according to Minister's dictates."

"The report also highlights that bin charges will continue to increase even when the public reduces, reuses or even recycles their waste. It proves, what many of us have been saying for some time, that the current bin charges have little to do with waste management and everything to do with covering the cost of a public services."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan urged the Minister for Environment & Local Government, Dick Roche, "to take urgent action to reform this outdated, anti-democratic method of funding and let those of us elected to get on with running this city.'' ENDS

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