Fianna Fáil Senator Mary White will address a public meeting on the Government’s Septic Tank Bill in Ardee, Co Louth next Monday (05 December 2011)

The meeting has been organised by local Independent Councillor Frank Godfrey to allow people to air their concerns about the Government’s plans to hit septic tank owners with multiple charges for registering and upgrading their septic tanks. The meeting will also be addressed by Louth Fianna Fáil TD Seamus Kirk.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Senator White said: “This Bill sets out a completely unfair scenario, where over 400,000 septic tank owners nationwide are expected to foot the entire bill for registering their septic tanks every five years, carrying out any upgrades required and making any appeals to the inspectors’ findings. 

“This Bill will hit rural communities particularly hard. There are thousands of septic tanks that will not pass the inspection phase as they have been in place since the 1970’s and 80’s. It is estimated that it will cost anywhere between €10,000  and €17,000 euro to replace a tank. How can people, who are already struggling to pay their bills, be expected to pay these enormous upgrade costs without any State assistance?”

The public meeting organised by Cllr Godfrey and the Louth Septic Tank Awareness Group takes place in Muldoon’s Lounge, Ardee, Co Louth at 8pm on Monday, 05 December.

Senator White is urging anyone who has concerns about the upcoming septic tank charges to attend and have their voices heard.