Limerick councillors vote to protect bin waiver scheme

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Concerns were raised in the chamber about the council's exposure to debt
COUNCILLORS have voted unanimously to protect the current bin waiver scheme, which provides €250 worth of free collections to elderly and vulnerable people.

COUNCILLORS have voted unanimously to protect the current bin waiver scheme, which provides €250 worth of free collections to elderly and vulnerable people.

But council chief executive Conn Murray has warned there may not be enough money to maintain this scheme beyond June or July.

Executives at the local authority were attempting to make cuts to the waiver which provides for free bin collections in the old city area and subsidised collections in the county area.

At a meeting in County Hall today, environmental director of service Kieran Lehane introduced a new scheme which would see a single county-wide waiver,

This would see pensioners given a subsidy in the form of a voucher worth €115 per year, and those on disability benefits, deserted wives or invalids given a contribution of €85 per year.

But a proposal by Fine Gael leader, Cllr John Sheahan, seconded by Independent councillor John Gilligan, to maintain the scheme as it was in 2014 was unanimously passed.

A counter-motion from Fianna Fail councillor Eddie Ryan, to accept the new bin waiver scheme as presented by Mr Lehane, failed to find a seconder.

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