South Dublin bin privatisation “undemocratic”

A councillor claims that South Dublin County Council’s move to privatise its brown bin collection service is a “grossly unfair and undemocratic act.”

“This decision has clearly been in the pipeline for some time, but the manner in which it was announced was bizarre. I first found out about it on a visit to the Council’s website early Saturday morning,” said Cllr Dermot Looney (Labour).

He added: “It turns out that the elected councillors had only been informed about this through a late Friday afternoon email in which we were told the deal was done – but we were told to remain quiet about it. Meanwhile, the council have posted the information to its website, and Greyhound sent out a self-congratulatory press release which the council have been happy to publicise!”

He said the council’s move was in spite of a recent council motion opposing any attempts to privatise the service.

Looney said: “The elected representatives of this council have had no hand, act nor part in this ‘executive decision.’ I have done everything in my very limited power as a councillor to stand up for the public bin service, and in particular the thousands of less well-off and elderly residents who rely on the waiver, via motions, questions and political pressure at council level.

“The decision of successive governments to take any powers away from elected representatives regarding waste means we could not halt this move,” he added.

Greyhound has said it will not increase costs to consumers and will honour existing waivers.

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