Saturday 16 November 2019

WATCH: Uproar in Dáil as Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan brings his rubbish into chamber Newsdesk Newsdesk

There was commotion in the Dáil chamber today as Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan brought his un-recyclable rubbish into work.

The Dublin TD brought the rubbish into the chamber to show the amount of unsustainable packaging that is given to consumers from businesses and manunfacturers.

"We drown in terms of plastics, polypropylene, polyethylene,polystyrene," he said while being interrupted by Leas Cheann Comhairle Pat the Cope Gallagher, who scolded the deputy for his actions.

"We are in the Houses of Parliament and on national television," he said.

"Deputy, that's not allowed. Advertisements are not allowed in the House.

"Normally you act in a dignified fashion and I would ask you to continue in this way."

Speaking during Leaders' Questions, Mr Ryan, who regained his seat during last year's General Election, added that 150 million tonnes of plastics are now in the seas.

He went on to ask Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to support the Green Party's waste reduction bill.

"It is a win-win scenario for the householder, who would be getting money back.  Everybody would be buying into what would be a step in the right direction in the management of recycling."

The Taoiseach said he and his government are willing to support any idea that may reduce Ireland's waste.

The move comes amid continuing controversy surrounding changes to the bin charge regime, which will see flat-rate fees banned.

A deal struck last night will see the establishment of a new watchdog that will be tasked with ensuring consumers don't fall victim to so-called 'price gouging' by waste collectors.

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