Labour in cahoots with City Manager to privatise bin collections – Fitzpatrick

Published on: 19 January 2012

“The Dublin City Manager has held secret meetings with Labour City Councillors regarding the privatisation of domestic bin collections in the city. Despite a request from Fianna Fáil and Independent Councillors for a special meeting on this issue they were not informed or invited to meet the City Manager. How many other secret meetings have been held?,” asked Fianna Fáil Councillor Mary Fitzpatrick.

“Furthermore Labour’s Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Andrew Montague has prevaricated in responding to a request from Fianna Fáil and Independent Councillors, for a special meeting of the City Council to address the real concerns, by rejecting their email request and insisting that at least five councillors make a written request and saying that he will consider the request after the signatures have been verified.

“It beggars belief in this day and age that the Lord Mayor of Dublin, a city that markets itself as a technology capital would be looking for anything in hardcopy. What is more bewildering is that the Lord Mayor does not himself see a need for a special meeting of the City Council to address the serious issues that have arisen and must be addressed. Clearly the Labour Lord Mayor and Labour group on the Council have been working very closely with the Manager to privatise the bin service in Dublin but they need to admit that they have made a right mess of the city. We will continue to pursue this issue.”

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