Sunday 18 March 2018

Colum Kenny: State losing the battle for hearts and minds

The moaners and groaners on RTE's Liveline reveals public suspicion about the raft of new levies, says Colum Kenny

RTE really stirred it up last week. But why all the fuss on Liveline about Dublin? As a resident of Bray, Co Wicklow, I have had to pay a private collector for years to pick up my bins.

Dubliners are complaining about the short notice of a changeover to private bin collectors. Council binmen are griping about their reallocation to new work. People who live near waste depots do not like the smell.

But bin collection charges are not new. And binmen are not being laid off. And the smell has been there for years. Some Dubliners have been getting away without paying bin charges for too long.

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