Sinn Féin protest over bin charge hikes

Sinn Féin protest over bin charge hikes

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Clare Sinn Féin, staged a protest outside the offices of Clare Council yesterday in protest at the introduction of bin charge hikes.

Speaking in advance of the protests, Sinn Féin Clare Co Councillor Mike McKee said: “Sinn Féin is standing with families against the bin charge hikes.”

“Those with medical conditions and disabilities, large families and low-income households will bear the brunt of the government’s decision to allow private operators to charge whatever they want for an essential service.

Cllr Mike McKee – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

“Clare Sinn Féin is fighting for the immediate withdrawal of the proposed changes to the waste permits regarding designated charging structures; A waiver scheme for low income households; a feasibility study of greater public ownership and increased regulatory control of household waste collection,” he said.

“We are also seeking a system of obligations on manufacturing companies and wholesalers to reduce packaging being produced at source and to prioritise the minimisation of waste across society. These companies are the producers of waste and must be made take responsibility for waste control at source,” Cllr McKee added.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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