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Councillor criticises 'disruption and confusion' of Dublin bin changeover

Sinn Féin Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha said the council had failed to negotiate the handover properly with private operators Greyhound.

A Greyhound waste collection vehicle at the company's depot in Clondalkin
A Greyhound waste collection vehicle at the company's depot in Clondalkin
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

A SINN FÉIN councillor has criticised Dublin City Council’s handling of the changeover of its waste collection services.

Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha, chairperson of the council’s Finance Committee, said the handing of bin services to private operator Greyhound this month had caused “widespread disruption and confusion” to residents.

He was speaking ahead of a special council meeting due to be held tomorrow to discuss the changeover. Greyhound sparked controversy after announcing that it would require residents to pay a €100 annual charge in full up front – but then rowed back on its decision.

Mac Donncha said:

City Council management must be challenged on their negotiation of this deal. They were content to let Greyhound demand the €100 standing charge up front. Yet within two days of the handover Greyhound, responding to public pressure, agreed to accept two instalments of €50. What were the Council negotiators doing?

The councillor also said residents had not been given sufficient notice of the change, saying: “People were informed only at the last minute that the changeover was happening.”

He claimed the move fit with the “privatisation agenda” of Fine Gael and Labour in Government.

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