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Government and Fianna Fáil must back down on new bin charges regime – Mitchell

4 July, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has called on the Government to back down on its plan for bin charges hikes. Speaking today ahead of a debate on the matter in the Dáil, Deputy Mitchell also hit out at Fianna Fáil’s attempt to water-down a Sinn Féin motion opposing the new charging regime:

“What we are seeing here, as we saw with the water charges campaign, is an attempt by Fianna Fáil to ride two horses at once. They introduced bin charges in Government and now they are attempting to water-down our party’s motion opposing the new charging regime. With their motion, Fianna Fáil have clearly backed this hike in bin charges – with the caveat of wanting it regulated. That isn’t good enough.

Speaking of the Sinn Féin motion, Deputy Mitchell said:

“Sinn Féin wants this government to immediately back down on the issue of this new bin charges regime and look at the feasibility of greater public ownership and possible remunicipalisation of household waste collection.

“This new system does nothing to help waste reduction. Instead of penalising consumers, more pressure needs to be brought on manufacturers and wholesalers to reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging on their products.

“Yet again, it looks like low-income households, large families, and citizens with disabilities will be hardest hit. And once again, Fianna Fáil are showing their true colours as they cannot be trusted to stand up for the interests of ordinary citizens.”

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