Bin protesters greet minister at council office
Minister Simon Coveney has moved to assure householders they will "not be ripped off" by the new bin charges, after a protest was staged as he arrived for a meeting at council offices in Dublin.
The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government said a proposed 12-month cap on charges would not simply be left to waste management companies to agree to on a voluntary basis. He held a behind-closed-doors briefing on the controversial new pay-by-weight bin charges with south Dublin County Council yesterday.
Minister Coveney greeted councillors and officials outside the door amid chants from the gathered protesters. The demonstration was organised by the Anti-Austerity Alliance.
"We are not simply asking the industry (to cap charges) on a voluntary basis," the minister said. "I want to be sure that what I ask is actually followed through on." Paul Murphy TD (AAA) said legislation should be brought in to prevent charges being raised but he ultimately wanted the privatisation of the service to be reversed.