Paying the price for grandstanding
Yesterday's collection of all Dublin city rubbish by private collection firm Greyhound provides a last opportunity to sort out this issue before uncollected refuse starts to pile up in the streets of the capital.
Greyhound's decision to collect all rubbish, regardless of whether or not householders had paid the €100 upfront service fee, seems to have been a response to suggestions from the Taoiseach and other government ministers that it show some "flexibility" on the issue. By collecting all rubbish this week we will be spared the sight and stench of uncollected rubbish until at least the week after next.
Unfortunately while Greyhound may have demonstrated some flexibility the same cannot be said for some opposition politicians. Yesterday Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins, a veteran anti-bin charges campaigner, raised the issue in the Dail. Deputy Higgins's intervention provoked one of the most memorable parliamentary put-downs of recent years when Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore advised him "to get his head out of the archives".