Fianna Fáil Senator Mary White has vowed to keep up her strong opposition to the unfair multiple charges in the Government’s Septic Tank Bill. Senator White was commenting after addressing a large public meeting at Muldoons, Ardee, Co Louth this week.
“The huge turn-out at this meeting shows just how strongly people feel about this discriminatory piece of legislation,” said Senator White. “This Bill, like so many measures in Budget 2012, amounts to an attack on rural communities. It is quite simply unfair to force septic tank owners to bear the entire cost of registering and upgrading their septic tanks, just because they don’t have access to sewerage schemes urban areas.
“Fianna Fáil will continue to strongly oppose this bill. While we accept that registering septic tanks is necessary under European law, we do not believe that the entire cost of this should be pushed onto homeowners.
“This is the last thing that rural households need, at a time when the Fine Gael/Labour Government is already pulling so many services from their communities, including closing rural garda stations, small rural schools and court houses.
“We will continue to fight this to the end, and seek changes to what is a discriminatory piece of legislation. Why should rural dwellers be forced to pay for a service that those in towns and cities receive as a basic standard?” said Senator White.