Thursday 23 March 2017

Don't let all our efforts go to waste

Madam -- I was intrigued to read Shane Ross's account (Sunday Independent, February 12, 2012) of the transfer of the Dublin County Council Waste collection service to Greyhound. Intrigued because of the weight of influence he gave Fianna Fail councillors, and the lack of any weight of influence he gave to his own Independent colleague, Joe Higgins, for the privatising of the Dublin City waste service. For the truth is that it was a combination of both that led to the present disastrous situation.

Along with a majority of councillors, I voted against the transfer of this service. However, thanks to a strange coalition of Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein, and Joe Higgins and Co, all powers in relation to waste matters were transferred to the management away from councillors some years ago.

When councillors had such powers -- indeed, I was involved in a major controversy on this myself some years ago -- we in particular sought to protect the waiver scheme, which cost Dublin city council about €7m a year. When management had the opportunity to save this money, it took it -- and hence the transfer to Greyhound.

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