Economy, Local Issues, Transport Tourism and Sport

Responding to the speculation of an immenent announcement from Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar of the cancelling of the Metro North project Socialist Party/United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly said:

“This announcement kills the prospect not only of a vital piece of infrastructure for the northside of Dublin but also the hope many thousands of unemployed construction workers had of getting back to work.

“This comes as no surprise coming on the back of the promised €750 million cut in capital spending in budget 2012. Precisely when state investment in jobs is needed most because of the collapse of private sector investment this government does the complete opposite of what is required.

North Dublin to be denied vital infrastructure

“The timing of the announcement is cynical in the extreme. The Socialist Party and its candidate in the recent Dublin West by election, Ruth Coppinger, who topped the poll in the Swords part of the constituency strove to make Metro North alongside Metro West a key point of debate about how to combat unemployment during the election campaign.

“Labour and Fine Gael however remained silent on the issue. The Labour by election victor Patrick Nulty, after opposing a debate and vote last week on the €715 million Anglo bailout has another opportunity to prove himself to be true to his word when he promised to be ‘a voice that will be heard’ within the government. We should not hold our breath!”

Environment, Local Issues, Uncategorized


Clare Daly on Fingal Community TV re: Rush Super Sewerage Treatment Plant [5:05] (click on the green cue point)

Communications Energy and Natural Resources, Economy

Rural householders will be hit for thousands of euroResponding to the publication of the Water Services Amendment Bill

“The proposed Water Services Amendment Bill to enable inspection of septic tanks is part of the further privatisation of public services. The local authorities already know that all houses not connected to a public sewer dispose of effluent to a cess pit, septic tank or package treatment plant so what is this registration process for other than to get the charge accepted so that it can be increased in the future?

“The local authority Water Services already have staff capable of compiling all the information required in relation to the type of system in use and the associated percolation areas. In addition, the legislation proposes that the local authorities be ignored again as the EPA will organise an inspection service – application fee to register as inspector  is €1,000 This is all part and parcel of the plan to privatise the water services which will inevitably impose more costs on householders already stretched to the limit.

“Eamon O’Cuiv has made similar points but has some neck given his party’s role in government and on local authorities over the past decades where they used Section 4 legislation to overturn planning advice. The failure of FF, FG the Greens and Labour in Government during this period has created the situation whereby probably 50% of the individual house treatment systems are not compliant with many not having any secondary treatment.

“When these systems inevitably fail the initial inspection the house owner will be faced with significant works to enable compliance with the EPA standards – a new septic tank and percolation system, testing of soil for infiltration characteristics, civil engineering works and professional fees.

“Taxpayers in rural areas-  not all rural residents – can justifiably feel hard done by given that billions have been  spent during the past decade on upgrading of waste water treatment systems to benefit  urban areas.

“While the upgrading of septic tanks and other treatment systems  is definitely needed, the attempted privatisation should be resisted.

“Better by far, that a government task force employ thousands of the unemployed engineers, technicians and other  building workers to systematically  inspect and remediate the treatment systems throughout the country and to connect as many as possible to public sewers and ugrade or new public waste water treatment plants.

“Where’s the money going to come from? The €715 million of bankers debt handed over to unknown bondholders by Fine Gael and Labour  this week would have made a good start.”

Foreign Affairs

Socialist Party/United Left Alliance TDs call on Táiniste to demand no harm be done to activists on the MV Saoirse and Tahrir ships

 

Urge people to join protest at Spire O’Connell Street today at 6pm

 

Socialist Party/United Left Alliance TDs Clare Daly and Joe Higgins call on the Táiniste Eamon Gilmore to demand from the Israeli authorities that no harm come to the activists on the Freedom Flotilla, including the MV Saoirse among whose participants in Socialist Party MEP for Dublin Paul Murphy.

 

“As of 7:40am this morning the MV Saoirse was 82 nautical miles from Gaza and if left unimpeded would arrive at its destination at around 3pm our time. If unimpeded the MV Saoirse will not enter Israeli waters.

 

“However since yesterday the MV Saoirse has been tracked by two IDF warships and a spotter plane. We are anticipating that the MV Saoirse will be boarded, taken over and forced to dock in an Israeli port, an effective kidnap.

 

“We call on the Táiniste to demand of the Israeli authorities that the MV Saoirse be allowed to complete its humanitarian mission and that no harm be done to its crew and the crew of the Canadian vessel the Tahrir.

 

“We encourage people at home to come to the Spire in O’Connell Street today in a solidarity protest with the people of Gaza and the crew of the MV Saoirse and Tahrir.”