Minister for the environment Martin Cullen today announced a new tax on visits to the toilet, which has already been dubbed the 'turd tax'. He said, "the government is firmly attached to the 'polluter pays' principle and in this case it is very clear who's responsible for the pollution. When we introduced the bin-tax, many people complained that householders were not responsible for the packaging that came with their purchases, nobody can say that about this new 'environmental sewerage charge'.
Minister Cullen emphasised the low level of the charge, "number ones are a mere 50 cents each, while number twos are a bargain at 2 euros. Dublin residents should be delighted with the sewerage service they are receiving at these low charges."
Fine Gael and the PD's both welcomed the charges, but Minister for Justice McDowell expressed reservations about the proposed enforcement measures "we can't just apply the charge after every flush as some households could only flush after several uses. For the charge to be successful, we are going to have to install CCTV cameras in all Irish toilets." The Green Party and Labour both came out against the charges, but encouraged citizens to pay and just vote for them at the next election. Green party environment spokesman, Ciaran Cuffe, said that the charges should be volume-related, rather than the current, "one price per flush" model. "Vegetarians who survive on a diet of lettuce and carrot juice generally produce a low volume of waste, this charge should reward them."
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern warned the public that non-payment would not be tolerated. "We all have to do our bit for the environment, anybody who objects to this charge is just sponging off their neighbours. We will disconnect them from the sewerage system and any protestors will end up in Mounjoy where the normal charge will apply for trips to the toilet."
One unexpected side-effect of the tax is that the Dail has become a very silent place. Politicians across all the parties have realised that they are now liable to be charged every time they open their mouths.
Sunday Independent claims anarchists are 'infiltrating' bin tax campaign
The mouthpiece of millionaire Tony O'Reilly, the Sunday Independent, got terribly excited when it 'discovered' there were anarchists involved in the bin tax campaign
Service Charges Taking from the poor to give to the rich
One of the main reasons that we are fighting against the bin tax is because it is another attempt to transfer wealth from workers to the rich
Anarchists, the bin tax & direct action
There are many political groups and individuals involved in the campaign against the bin tax. Many of them see the campaign as little more than a way of getting votes in the local elections of June 2004.
The Bin Tax & Privatisation
It is no secret that the government wants to privatise the bin service in Dublin. The service has already been privatised in thirty-seven Local Authorities around the country
Cork Against the Bin Tax
The campaign in Cork and contact detials for anarchists active in the campaign in Dublin