Government hell-bent on rip-off bin charges – Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has hit out at plans by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to increase bin charges. Fine Gael have announced new pay by weight and pay by lift measures which will increase bin charges even further, and will not encourage consumers to reduce their waste.

Fianna Fáil, who introduced the privatisation of waste collection in the first instance, have stood by the government’s proposals and have made no attempt to block the forthcoming price hike.

Deputy Munster said:

“This latest government proposal adds a further financial burden on people. There is no reward for recycling or composting. Increased recycling or composting food waste will mean that the waste or rubbish bin has less in it and the charge for all bins will increase to compensate private companies for this. To claim otherwise is attempting to fool people. Everybody knows that is precisely what these waste companies will do. There is also no maximum limit for the standing charge, allowing it to increase at the companies’ will, even for households that rarely put a bin out for collection.”

“Sinn Féin has been raising this matter for years. Privatisation introduced by Fianna Fáil has led to huge increases in charges. The current government has gone further, allowing prices for waste collection to escalate further.”

“The new rules do not make exemptions for people on low incomes, and the pittance allocated to those with long term illness who have higher waste output is laughable. It amounts to under €1.50 a week for these families. Is that really the best the government can do?”

“This is another charge that many people simply will not be able to pay. People are already burdened with PAYE, PRSI, universal social charge, accident and emergency charges, prescription charges, local property tax and motor tax, and now bin charges are set to increase. The government has ignored the needs of these people with this new waste collection regime.”

“Sinn Féin will fight hard against these unfair, inequitable charges which will ultimately only damage people’s pockets and the environment.”

Fianna Fáil should join the effort to scrap punitive bin charge hikes – Adams

Gerry Adams SmilingLouth TD Gerry Adams has called on Fianna Fáil “to join the effort to scrap punitive bin charge hikes’.

Teachta Adams said;

“Many people are only now adjusting to the reality that Fine Gael are back in Government; despite the result of the general election. The bin charges debacle has been a sharp reality check. People just cannot afford the punitive hikes in charges. The Government’s plans should be scrapped. Will Fianna Fáil support this?

“The strength of public opinion may force them to do so, but on other issues they have sided with Enda Kenny. Last week for example, they supported the refusal of the Government to accept legislation that would have provided rent certainty for struggling households.

“The Taoiseach is also resisting Sinn Féin’s call for a Commission of Investigation into the sale of NAMAs Northern loan book. Micheál Martin has correctly described the Government’s position as untenable, yet so far he has failed to act or to support the establishment of a Commission.

“So too with the Fine Gael decision to appeal the High Court judgement on the National Monument at the unique, iconic 1916 site at Moore Street. The Taoiseach is siding with the developer and despite their protestations to the contrary, he is being aided and abetted in this endeavour by his partners in the Fianna Fáil leadership.

“The people put Fine Gael and Labour out of office. The people wanted Enda Kenny out of office.

“Yet Fianna Fáil put Fine Gael back into Government. Fianna Fáil returned Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.

“They promise ‘new politics’. But their new politics looks very much like politics of old.

“Fianna Fáil play the part of opposition whilst propping up the the Government. For his part, the Taoiseach knows that Fine Gael will remain in office as long as he honours his contractual obligations with Fianna Fáil. The Dáil, and for that matter his own backbenchers, will have little say in this.

“Little wonder some unscrupulous waste disposal companies are exploiting inappropriate regulations in their own self-interest. Sinn Féin and others are committed to stopping them. Fianna Fáil should put the people first and join us in that effort.”