The Fianna Fail group on Dublin City Council has called on the Lord Mayor of Dublin to urgently convene a special meeting of Dublin City Council to discuss and agree how Councillors can prevent the City Manager from withdrawing the Domestic Waste Collection Service in Dublin City.
In a report to Dublin City Councillors the City Manager has indicated that he will withdraw from the provision of domestic waste collection services on December 5, 2011.
In calling for the meeting Fianna Fail group leader Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick said: “The Fianna Fail group on the Council are extremely concerned over this proposal and believe Councillors from other political groups share our concerns. The fact is that Dublin City Council has been collecting domestic waste for more than 100 years in the capital. Any decision to cease providing the service raises concerns for city residents and the decision should be given serious debate by the City Councillors.”
Local Councillor for Finglas & Ballymun Paul McAuliffe said: “I have serious legal and procedural concerns about what the City Manager is proposing to do. By withdrawing from the market he is leaving no long-term provision for the 40,000 people on low incomes, who have a waiver. I am not opposed to working with public or private operators to provide an efficient service but what the Manager is proposing will throw the waste collection service in the city into chaos. With only weeks to go and almost no public awareness of the issue he is acting against the will of the elected Councillors.
The request to the Lord Mayor has been made in accordance with Dublin City Council Standing orders which allow any five elected members to request a special meeting. The Standing Orders also state that if the Lord Mayor neglects to convene such special meeting within a week of receiving the request the meeting can be convened without the Lord Mayors support.