Fianna Fáil in cynical move to let government off the hook on bin charges - Stanley
Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson Brian Stanley TD has described a motion on bin charges put down by Fianna Fáil for debate in the Dáil next week as a spoiler motion designed to let the government off the hook.
Speaking today, Teachta Stanley said;
“Sinn Féin has published a strong motion which called on the government to immediately withdraw from its new punitive bin charges regime.
“We called on the government to look at the feasibility of greater public ownership, possible remunicipalisation and for increased regulatory control of household waste collection.
“We sought a waiver scheme for low income households and for obligations to be put on manufacturing companies and wholesalers to reduce their packaging.
“However, Fianna Fáil has now produced a motion of its own which simply seeks for the government’s new charging regime to be regulated. As a result, Sinn Féin’s much stronger motion has been ruled out of order under the Dáil’s repetitive rule.
“It is my believe that Fianna Fáil have tabled their weaker motion as a spoiler motion to Sinn Féin’s in order to let both themselves and the government off the hook.
“Despite this cynical move by Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin will continue to fight this new charging regime. We will move our motion as an amendment to the Fianna Fáil motion and we will call on them to support it as a means of blocking the new charging regime.
“The reality is that Fianna Fáil introduced bin charges when they were in government despite Sinn Féin’s objections. At the time Sinn Féin also predicted the exponential rise in charges.
“Unfortunately, Fianna Fáil, as the architects of these charges, cannot be trusted to block this new punitive regime.”