Dáil Issues, Education, Housing & Planning, Students

QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the recent 27% year on year increase in rent at a student residence (details supplied); and his plans to address exorbitant rents in the student accommodation sector. (Details Supplied) Shanowen Square Student Residences, which accommodates students from DCU. bringing rent per annum to €8,695, a sum so high that it runs the risk of driving students out of education.
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Dáil Debates, Human Rights, International, Topical Questions

The Forgetting

Apr
2018
10

Features

The minute I’m appointed Minister

for Justice, Broadcasting, and Espionage,

I’ll send forth a decree

making it criminal, and punishable

by being made sit forever

on a bus that never leaves

Kinnegad, to make any further mention of

Miriam O’Callaghan.

It will be an offence

to download any part of Miriam O’Callaghan

from the internet.

Furthermore, any computers or

smart-phones found to contain pictures

of Miriam O’Callaghan

will be broken up

by care-in-the-community

lunatics with specially made

hammers my Department will

provide them with.

The Armed Response Unit will begin

raiding houses known to contain back issues

of the RTE Guide disfigured

with her image.

 

It will be a crime even

for you to read this poem,

or, technically, for me to have written it.

If reading this poem in the printed version

be sure and eat the paper it’s written on

and that all of it has passed successfully

through your digestive system

bcfore you’re arrested.

 

KEVIN HIGGINS

Local Issues

Dean Mulligan and Clare Daly TD have launched a report on the findings of a local survey on attitudes on bin charges and privatised waste collection. (see Link below) At the launch deputy Daly said:

‘With the introduction of recent bin charge hikes to cover recycling costs the wheel has come full circle on the bin tax issue. Fifteen years ago communities across north county Dublin campaigned against the introduction of bin charges, warning they would lead to privatization of the service & price increases. This was denied, we were told it was a measure to encourage recycling, that ‘you only pay for what you throw away’, as if residents were the producers of waste. If this was about recycling they would have tackled the packaging companies and the real producers of waste’, Clare Daly said.

She continued, ‘With the new recycling charges, bins are being rejected for the slightest contamination in recycling bins with extra charges and bins being left behind. Already this has led to a sharp rise in items going into black bins and reports of even worse than usual illegal dumping in our rural communities.

The report commissioned by my office, with the survey conducted by Dean Mulligan is incredibly timely. There is a massive desire for the re-municipalisation of the service with 91.1% of residents supporting it & deep discontent with the present situation. We look forward to bringing the information back to the community & actively developing an alternative co-operative service .’

Dean Mulligan said, ‘conducting the survey was an incredible experience. We spoke to 930 households in Rivervalley and the anger was enormous. The report presents our findings. It puts the issue squarely in the context of privatization & the history of waste collection in Ireland over the past number of years. In terms of recycling only 35.7% believe they get adequate advice and information on recycling with almost 2/3 believing that they don’t. There is a total lack of awareness of the impact of the legislation.

The key finding we will be moving on is the fact that 98.5% of residents expressed interest in a local not for profit co-operative waste collection service. I will be going back on the doorsteps with the survey and working with Trademark who prepared the report for us to make this a reality, and convening a follow on meeting in the coming weeks.’

The survey is available at the link below.

CD IND TD BIN SURVEY MASTER DOC 200301 MAR 2018 LOW RES