Fine Gael MEPs Bounce Around on Plastics - Lynn Boylan MEP
Sinn Féin MEP, Lynn Boylan has slammed Fine Gael MEPs for talking rubbish on plastic.
Speaking after today's vote in Strasbourg, Ms Boylan said;
“Fine Gael have given a master class in brass neck politics this week. Mairead McGuinness MEP was happy to pose with plastic activists while voting in favour of amendments that significantly weakened the text.
“As the only Irish MEP at the negotiating table, the strong text that was adopted today was done despite the best efforts of the largest group in the Parliament, of which Fine Gael are members.
“The people of Ireland are sick of plastic pollution. We as a nation produce the most plastic waste per capita in the EU.
"You would have thought that, as a result, all Irish MEPs would have shown leadership on the matter.
“Mairead McGuinness and Deirdre Clune both voted to remove obligations that would ensure that the producers of the plastic would have to contribute to the costs of the clean-up, which are currently footed by the taxpayer.
“Meanwhile all four Fine Gael MEPs voted against allowing countries like Ireland to go further and be more ambitious on regulating plastics than the Directive itself calls for.
"This is hardly surprising though, given Fine Gael’s dismal record on plastic waste in Government, constantly stalling plans to implement deposit return schemes for plastic bottles across the country.
“It is clear that when it comes to tackling plastic pollution, Fine Gael are talking rubbish."