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Monday 11 December 2017

Council's rubbish response to bins fiasco

"WE'VE sold it, we've sold the bins, it's gone".

This was the message from a Dublin City Council spokesperson when queried by the Herald about the capital's botched bin service.

As the bins fiasco overshadowed all other issues in the Dail this week, the city manager sparked fury by telling a resident of one northside estate: "This is the first I have heard of the problem in your area."

Tempers have begun to flare among city representatives and residents as confusion continued to rage as to whether thousands of households would be cut off.

Meanwhile, attempts by the Herald to get answers from Greyhound went unanswered.

This newspaper was left on hold for over an hour after phoning the company's headquarters but nobody took our call.

And despite the fiasco taking centre stage during Leaders Questions, Greyhound's spokesperson remains on holidays.

Handover

But it is the city council that has again come under fire for the disastrous handover.

The Herald has learned Independent councillor Mannix Flynn is to table a vote of no confidence in the city council's handing of the bin service.

Cllr Flynn told the Herald: "The least we can do for the people of this city that have been betrayed is to table a motion of no confidence."

City Manager John Tierney has also come under fire after telling a resident: "This is the first I have heard of the problem in your area."

A spokesperson for Dublin City Council told the Herald: "The bottom line is we've transferred the service over now, we are no longer in the market. We have an enforcement role, now a regulatory role in terms of permuting the waste collectors and in terms of enforcing people who are illegally dumping and that kind of thing," he said.

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