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Doolan - Dublin City Council threatens residents

21 August, 2003


Sinn Féin Dublin Chairperson Daithi Doolan has described as outrageous Dublin City Council threats to residents on waste collection. He said the gloves are clearly off in the campaign against the Waste Service Charges. Dublin City Council have issued letters to residents stating that the Council are making arrangements to not collect the domestic waste of those who have refused to pay the controversial charges.

Sinn Féin Spokesperson Daithí Doolan claimed these threats were nothing short of outrageous. Speaking last night at a meeting with residents of Ringsend, many of who received the threatening letter, Doolan called on all political parties to join together and fight this new course of action.

"We cannot allow Dublin City Council and Minister Martin Cullen to get away with these threats. These residents are involved in a campaign to overturn this bin tax and they still have yet to even go to court.

We are in the bizarre situation that Dublin City Council are both judge and jury and have simply decided to refuse to carry out their duty in the collection of the city's waste. City Council cite the recent Protection of the Environment Bill 2003 as means to justify their current desperate actions."

Residents in Ringsend were furious on hearing the news that the biggest local authority in the country is now willing to gamble with health and safety in order to break the campaign against the bin tax.

Doolan also called on Dublin City Council to reverse this decision and to move away from their policy of threatening behaviour.

"Dublin City Council do not have to be employ these tactics. These people are ordinary people protesting against an unjust tax. It is a legitimate protest and they do not deserve to be bullied or threatened. Again and again Dublin City Council have moved the goalposts and made the situation confrontational. This decision must be reversed now."ENDS

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