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 Header Item Leaders' Questions (Continued)
 Header Item Appointment of Members of Committee on the Future of Healthcare

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 913 No. 2

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(Speaker Continuing)

[The Taoiseach: Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar] I am monitoring the position very carefully. The spirit of the legislation is to allow people to think differently about the waste put in bins. The charges set were as follows: 11 cent for a black bin of residual waste and 6 cent for a brown bin of organic waste. The Minister decided there would be a zero cent charge in the case of green bins. Given the concern expressed and because of the fact that numerous bin companies are operating in the greater Dublin area, the position is being monitored carefully by the Minister. The legislation was set in such a way that people would understand clearly that better use of the brown and green bins would reduce the amount to be placed in the black bin and that, therefore, charges should not rise. The position is being monitored carefully by the Minister.

Deputy Joan Collins: Information on Joan Collins Zoom on Joan Collins The Taoiseach referred to the spirit of the legislation. However, this concerns multinational and profit-making companies and it does not happen that way, as is evident in this case. Without putting out a bin, there is an increase from €59.95 to €169 per annum. That is not the spirit of recycling. This is relevant for Thorntons. It has been reported in the media today that families are finding themselves subject to a 75% increase in waste charges calculated over one year. That is not in the spirit of recycling. The Taoiseach should initiate an investigation into the cartels. For example, if people move from Greyhound to Thorntons, they are charged a registration fee of €40. If they want to move to a bin company which operates outside the areas in which these companies generally work - for example, Thorntons and Greyhound operate in my area - they cannot get another to come in. Another company will not come into an area to collect ten bins. It will only do so if it will have a monopoly or enough bins to collect in a given area. People are incensed about this issue. I have organised public meetings in Drimnagh, Ballyfermot and Crumlin in the coming two weeks and I invite my fellow Deputies to join in them.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl The Deputy's time is up.

Deputy Joan Collins: Information on Joan Collins Zoom on Joan Collins Others should go to their constituents to ask them what they think. We will organise and resist this measure.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny There is competition in city areas. While it is not a new charge on households, it does mean a change in how most people will pay for waste collection services from 1 July. It gives households more control-----

Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall It means an increase for most people.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Can the Taoiseach speak without interruption, please?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny It gives households more control in how they place their waste in the green, brown or black bin. The spirit of the legislation is that better use of the green and brown bins means less in the black bin; therefore, it should result in a lower cost.

Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall That will not be the case if there is an increase in the standing charge.

(Interruptions).

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl May we have order, please?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The Minister has undertaken to monitor the position carefully. Deputy Joan Collins is making an allegation that there is a cartel operating among waste collection companies.

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett There is. It is profiteering.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny If so, she should bring the matter to the attention of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission because it is a criminal offence.

(Interruptions).

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny It is a criminal offence to operate a cartel in this industry.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl The time is up. I thank all of the leaders for their co-operation in the use of the clock today.

Appointment of Members of Committee on the Future of Healthcare

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl In accordance with the order of the House of 1 June 2016, I wish to inform the House that the following Members have been appointed to the Committee on the Future of Healthcare: Deputies Mick Barry, John Brady, James Browne, Joan Collins, Jim Daly, Michael Harty, Billy Kelleher, Alan Kelly, Josepha Madigan, Hildegarde Naughton, Kate O'Connell, Louise O'Reilly, Anne Rabbitte and Róisín Shortall.


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