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Government must withdraw unfair charging system for waste services – McDonald

4 July, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD today accused Fine Gael, aided by Fianna Fáil, of creating a free-for-all bin charges system that serves the profit-chasing instincts of commercial operators whilst penalising older people, those with a disability or suffering ill-health and larger families. 

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Last week, Environment Minister Denis Naughten announced a new charging regime for the collection of household waste that is grossly unfair.

“It fails to recognise that many people will not be able to afford increased charges. Fine Gael aided by Fianna Fáil has failed to include any meaningful alleviation measures for those on low incomes.

“Citizens and families have been left to the mercy of private operators, particularly those who produce higher than average waste because of their age, disability, ill-health or family size.

“This is a mean-spirited government implementing nasty policies with no regard for how ordinary people live. It appears Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have learned absolutely nothing from the water charges debacle.

“Government has failed to recognise the anger this unjust charging scheme has provoked in communities, and Fianna Fáil’s motion before the Dáil tonight will do nothing to prevent further hardship or protect the most vulnerable in our communities. 

“Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have created a free-for-all bin charges system serving the profit-chasing instincts of commercial operators. Many people are frightened that an increase in waste collection charges will be the bill that makes it impossible to make ends meet.

“Sinn Féin is calling on the government to immediately withdraw this unfair charging system that does nothing in real terms to protect the environment, and to put in place a waiver scheme for vulnerable citizens.”

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