'Left is crying crocodile tears on bin laws,' claims Bruton
Education Minister Richard Bruton has launched a blistering attack on left-wing parties, accusing them of crying "crocodile tears" over the bin charges controversy.
During heated Dáil exchanges, the minister hit out at parties calling for the waste-collection service to be brought back under the control of local authorities.
When asked by People Before Profit TDs to explain what the Government's plan was, Mr Bruton replied: "I think you'd know what is happening if you bothered to attend the Dáil here the other night when these issues were being debated.
"You were marked absent when decisions were being made and when the position that is going to be introduced was being explained."
He added: "So it's ... crocodile tears [you are] shedding now when you don't do your responsibility to come in and deal with these issues."
The bin controversy was debated in the Dáil on Tuesday night but representatives of Sinn Féin and Solidarity-People Before Profit left the chamber before the conclusion, meaning a Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil deal passed without a vote.
Dublin South-Central TD Bríd Smith accepted she was not present to force a vote but said she was present in the Dáil until 9.30pm.
"In my naivety as a new TD, I understood we'd be voting on these motions and amendment today. That's not going to happen," she said.