Around 200 poeple attended a public meeting in Leghowney, Co Donegal at the weekend on the Government’s proposal to hit rural household with multiple septic tank charges. The meeting, organised by Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, heard that Fianna Fáil will be challenging the legislation this week, when the remaining stages of the Bill comes before the Seanad.
The meeting was Chaired by Cllr Sean Mc Eniff and a detailed presentation was made by Cllr Paul Canning, An experienced architect and site assessor.
Speaking at the meeting Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “The legislation being proposed by the FG/Labour Government penalises householders in rural Ireland who do not have the luxury of access to heavily subsidised urban sewerage schemes.The Bill will, if passed, will impose a reoccurring registration fee of €50 on 475,000 septic tank householders nationwide as well as inspection fees. This is Environment Minister Phil Hogan’s own legislation and it is entirely in keeping with his stealth tax agenda/
“The legislation also gives sweeping statutory powers to a band of private inspectors. Under the Bill it will be an offence to prevent an inspector from entering your premises, or to obstruct or impede an inspector when carrying out their duties.
“Fianna Fáil will be proposing at least 70 amendments to this discriminatory Bill when it comes before the Seanad on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, in an attempt to protect the rights of rural householders. The Government parties stifled democracy in the Seanad last week when five Fianna Fáil Senators were blocked from airing their strong views on this Bill.
“I certainly hope that democracy will not be blocked in the same way this week when the Bill returns to the Seanad. It is our intention to fully represent the views of hundreds of thousands of householders who are being disgracefully penalised by Phil Hogan’s Bill.”
Posted: Nov 21, 2011 | Categories: Uncategorized