Friday 21 July 2017

Council to protest at bin charge

Councillors Noeleen Reilly and Cathleen Carney Boud. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Councillors Noeleen Reilly and Cathleen Carney Boud. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dublin City Council will write to the Government calling for the formation of a national waste regulator, a waiver scheme for poor families and for the new bin charging regime to be scrapped.

An emergency motion at the council meeting last night, in response to a new bin charging structure, received the support of 37 councillors. Among those to support the Sinn Féin proposal that the Lord Mayor writes to Environment Minister Denis Naughten, was Fine Gael councillor Naoise Ó Muirí. "It's ironic that we have a National Lottery regulator and not a waste regulator," he said.

A motion that waste management services be taken under the control of the local authority, proposed by People Before Profit, also passed by 36 votes to seven.

Ahead of the council meeting a small protest took place outside City Hall. Sinn Féin councillor Daithí Doolan said there were people who could not afford to pay any increase. "What we really need here is a comprehensive view of waste management, rather than heaping cost upon cost of already burdened households," he said.

Irish Independent

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