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Stop non-collection demands Ellis

18 January, 2006


Sinn Féin Councillor Dessie Ellis has called for an immediate halt to the Council's policy of non-collection of bins because of the serious health and safety implications for residents. Cllr Ellis made his comments as efforts are being made by City Council officials to force local businesses to refuse to allow meetings of the Anti Bin Tax Campaign to be held on their premises. A motion opposing non-collection will go to the South Central Area Committee of the Council later today.

Cllr Ellis, who is the Sinn Féin candidate for Dublin North-West in the next election, said: "The introduction of non-collection in parts of the City Council area has created a real and substantial health and safety risk to local people. The proposal to extend non-collection across the City Council area creates an appalling vista where thousands of bags of rubbish will lie on the street uncollected.

"The Council ia facing mounting legal difficulties with three verdicts against them in the Circuit Court and the possibility of a Supreme Court challenge so it is extremely foolish for the City Manager to push ahead with non-collection in the face of the strength of the anti-bin tax campaign.

"Sinn Féin councillors are joining others elected on a platform of opposing the Charges on putting an emergency motion to the South Central Area Committee this afternoon and we are confident of sending a clear message of opposition to City Management.

"That the Council fears the strength of popular opinion against the Bin Charges can be seen in efforts being made by Council officials to intimidate a local business into refusing to hold a meeting of the Finglas Anti Bin Tax Campaign. This is a deliberate attack on freedom of speech and on working class communities attempting to politically organise themselves. It is despicable and I am asking the City Manager to put a halt to it." ENDS

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