Councillors angry at secrecy over bin deal
Published 24/01/2012 | 05:00
DUBLIN City Council has again refused to reveal details of its controversial deal with waste company Greyhound.
A special meeting of the local authority was held last night to discuss the privatisation of bin collections following a series of complaints by residents.
Many homeowners had claimed their bins were not collected after Greyhound took over on January 16.
Many of the complaints related to delayed notice being given to householders who were unaware of the changeover and as a result had put out their refuse on the wrong day. Greyhound has denied it missed any collections.
City manager John Tierney last night apologised for the confusion caused by the late posting of notices. But he defended the move, saying that they would have had to find €50m over six years to continue bin collections.
The confidential details of the contract with Greyhound angered many councillors.
"We are dissatisfied with the result of the agreement and we want to know if any money had changed hands or is due to change hands," said Labour's Paddy Bourke.
Meanwhile, the 158 city council binmen are due to take their case to the Labour Court after being redeployed to other roles.