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Bin Charges: Taoiseach demonstrates breath-taking indifference toward hard pressed citizens, consumers and families – McDonald

28 June, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of demonstrating a “breath-taking level of indifference towards hard pressed citizens, consumers and families who are struggling to make ends meet”.

Deputy McDonald made the comments while raising the introduction of the government’s new charging scheme for waste collection at Leaders Questions today.

Teachta McDonald said;

“The Taoiseach clearly lives in a world where ability to pay isn't an issue.

“This new system will undoubtedly mean higher collection charges for householders.

“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.

“Nowhere within the new charging scheme has the government provided meaningful waiver or alleviation measures for those who will find it difficult to meet the increased charges.

“Those with medical conditions and disabilities, large families and low income households will bear the brunt of the government’s decision to allow private operators to charge whatever they want for an essential service.

“The Taoiseach was adamant that the pathetic grant of €75 per year, for those suffering long term medical conditions, is sufficient. This amounts to less than €1.50 a week.

“This insistence demonstrates a breath-taking level of indifference toward the most vulnerable in our society on the part of the Taoiseach.

“Minister Denis Naughten must tell us what the government is going to do for people who cannot afford to pay. The Taoiseach must ensure that he does so.

“The government’s present position of simply leaving those people to the mercy of commercial operator is unacceptable.” 

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