GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF LYING OVER SEPTIC TANK CHARGES


first_imgFianna Fáil has accused the Government of seriously misleading the Dáil and the public, by claiming that fines will be imposed on Ireland if the Septic Tank Bill is not enacted by February 3rd.Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill explained: “Fianna Fáil was told by the Government in the Dáil yesterday that the controversial Septic Tank Bill is being guillotined at Committee stage because the European Commission will fine Ireland €26,000 a day if the legislation is in place by February 3rd.“We have since contacted Commission and established that this is not true. “The office of the European Environment Commissioner has confirmed to Fianna Fáil that the European Court of Justice won’t reach its findings on this matter until the Summer at the earliest, so fines cannot be imposed before then.”The Donegal Senator hit out at how the Government has handled the issue.“This week, the Government has used threats of imminent fines to force opposition parties into hurried decisions that will have very serious consequences for hundreds of thousands of home owners across the country.  But the European Commission has informed Fianna Fáil that it is not true that Ireland will incur fines if the Bill is not passed by Feb 3,” he said.“From the very start, Minister Hogan and his Government colleagues have attempted to bully the Irish people into accepting the septic tank legislation without allowing proper debate and providing adequate information about standards and costs.  Minister Hogan has accused Fianna Fáil of ‘scaremongering’.   We have argued all along that we recognise the need to register our septic tanks, ensure our water systems are clean and adhere to the European Court order. However, we are against this Government’s attempts to push the entire cost of this process directly onto septic tank owners and to ignore their questions about inspection standards and resulting costs. “Nothing has scared septic tank owners more than the uncertainty Minister Hogan has created.  Now he and his Government are using scare tactics by threatening EU fines from next month if they do not get their way.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF LYING OVER SEPTIC TANK CHARGES was last modified: January 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalseptic tank chargeslast_img

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