WORKERS’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan has said that the government’s decision to establish the new Irish Water company as a subsidiary of Bord Gáis is merely a stunt and that both companies will be sold off in a few years time with massive job losses, poorer quality water and higher prices for gas and water. [Read more...]
WORKER’S Party Councillor Ted Tynan has called for a large turnout for a protest at Cork City Hall next Monday at 4.30pm against the privatisation of the city’s refuse collection service.
Cllr Tynan said that the decision, taken by the City Manager Tim Lucey “without reference to the elected members”, would inevitably mean higher bin charges in the long term and would, in two-years-time leave the 12,000 families and individuals who are currently on full or partial waivers paying the full charge regardless of their ability to pay.
Cllr Tynan said that the decision would have serious effects on the city and he said that the 11,000 people and families currently on council waivers would be thrown to the wolves once a two year introductory arrangement was over.
SOCIALIST Party city councillor Mick Barry has claimed that City Manager Tim Lucey has conceded that councillors will have to debate and vote on the issue of allowing the private sector to design, build and operate the new Lee Road Waterworks.
SINN Féin councillor Chris O’Leary has accused the Labour Party of a u-turn on the future of Cork Airport after the government’s acceptance of the McCarthy report on the privatisation of state assets.
Cllr O’Leary said, “Prior to both the 2009 local and 2011 general elections, Cllr Mick O’Connell, in his capacity as a board member of the Cork Airport authority, asked all parties to sign a pledge that the airport would be kept debt free and handed over to an independent local airport authority. Along with other party leaders, Labour leader Eamon Gilmore signed it.
SOCIALIST Party councillor Mick Barry has called on city manager Tim Lucey to “come clean” over events which have led to 12 private companies making “expressions of interest” in taking over Cork City Council’s bin service after yesterday’s meeting of the council’s finance committee was informed about the contacts between the private operators and the council.
Cllr Barry said, “I want to know how these ‘expressions of interest’ came to be made. Did 12 companies just spontaneously decide to contact the council off their own bat? “Or did the council contact the companies and ask them to make offers? This is a major step down the road towards privatisation of the bin service.
SINN Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien, speaking as the Communications Regulation Postal Services Bill 2010 was passed in the Dáil, said the bill was designed to liberalise postal services and could lead to the privatisation of significant sections of An Post.
Deputy O’Brien said, “This bill was originally drafted by Fianna Fáil and is designed to liberalise the postal services. It could lead to the privatisation of significant sections of An Post.
SOCIALIST Party councillor Mick Barry has slammed a report by economist and Bord Snip report author Colm McCarthy delivered to Finance Minister Michael Noonan last week which calls for €5 billion worth of privatisations in the next few years.
The report is expected to feature at tonight’s special cabinet meeting.