Opposition to septic tank reform stinks
Published 29/02/2012 | 06:00
We are living in dangerous times. The financial crisis lurches from one disaster to another. There is an energy crisis looming and governments are rushing to find alternatives to oil before it ends.
Our national health service, the gardai and our civil service seem to be in disarray while many of their best employees take early retirement and enjoy pensions that the nation cannot afford.
Murders and suicides are so common they are almost no longer considered newsworthy.
Some of our county councils are running out of cash and may go bankrupt. Even the mighty US has unsustainable debts and if history has taught us anything, it is situations such as these that often lead to war.
We are living through a crisis of global proportions, yet it appears that the most pressing topics being discussed recently by our leaders were toilet issues.
For months now, a debate has raged in the Dáil on the subject of the proposed septic tank charges as rural TDs guarded their asses and quaked at the prospect of losing their seats (pardon the puns) while items of real national importance awaited discussion.
It is the right of opposition TDs to oppose. However, sometimes it all gets a bit much when they repeatedly stir up a storm of protest against proposals that are clearly in the public interest.
Take water charges. Why should anyone have water delivered through a tap for free?