Looney blames FF for bin price hike

Fianna Fail are to blame for the recent increase in bin charges in the South Dublin County Council region, says Labour councillor Dermot Looney.

Councillor Looney had proposed a motion against the price increase of 31% at a meeting of council, yet county manager Joe Horan approved the increase on Monday.

“Fianna Fail’s latest assault on local residents comes in the form of another jumped-up stealth tax,” said Looney, “And despite all the guff we heard at Monday’s Council meeting, they are squarely to blame for the increase.”

Costs will rise from €8 per lift for a black bin to €10.50, while the charge for brown bins will rise from €4 per lift to €5.25. Councillor Looney blames Minister for the Environment John Gormley for indirectly forcing the hand of SDCC councillors.

Looney said, “Minister Gormley and the FF/Green Government continue to give the two fingers to South Dublin by crediting the residents in our county with the lowest Local Government Fund allocation in Ireland. The chronic shortfall in support from central government has led to the further stretching of Council finances.”

“It is regrettable that the county manager over-rode the decision of the people’s representatives on the council – but let’s not forget who is to blame for this lack of democracy,” concluded Looney.

South Dublin County Council said recently that the bin collection would still work out as the cheapest waste collection service in the country.

IMAGE: Photo by Lorna Mitchell, some rights reserved.

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