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Ministers decision on chewing gum levy a cop-out - Morgan

25 January, 2006


Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has described the decision of Environment Minister Dick Roche not to levy chewing gum as a “cop-out.” Speaking today Deputy Morgan said “the Minister’s decision means Irish people will continue to pick up the bill for cleaning the products of mega rich companies from our streets.” 

He said, “I can only describe the Minister’s decision as a cop-out. After heavy lobbying from American officials on behalf of the chewing gum companies he has been persuaded to make the wrong decision at a cost of millions to the Irish people. What’s worse is that he knows this is the wrong decision.

“The cost to the Irish tax-payer of cleaning chewing gum from Irish streets runs into millions annually while some of the chewing gum companies make profits that run into billions. A levy on their product could have helped cover that cost. However, the Minister’s decision not to levy chewing gum means Irish people will continue to pick up the bill for cleaning the products of mega rich companies from our streets.

“The levy on plastic shopping bags brought in 2002 has proved to be a huge success in protecting our environment. There is no reason why a chewing gum levy would not have had the same affect.” ENDS

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