Waterford Workers Party
Councillor Davy Walsh explains why he voted against the estimates in last nights (Monday) vote in City Hall, on an amendment
put by Cllr. Tom Cunningham. It was passed 14 for and 1 against.
left Waterford City Council short over €700,000 in rates support this year. This has caused a detrimental effect in
balancing the books in Waterford City Council. Included in the book of estimates
were proposals to create redundancies worth €1.3 million, due to the cancelling of contracts and not filling vacancies.
The refuse collection, while I am totally opposed to the privatization of the collection; I cannot stomach the imposition
of €160 flat charge, the grey bin increased to €8, the green bin
increased to €4 and the brown bin free. Anyone availing of the waiver system must now pay €50 per head per year
There will be
major cutbacks in spending by the city council across the boatd and commercial rates are
to be increase by 0.6%. Rents will increase, parking charges will increase by
30p per hour and commercial water rates will now cost. €2.30 per cubic
financial situation was not brought about by the pensioners and the unemployed or by the ordinary worker. In the main these
are the people who are being asked to fund the short-fall. Since 1977 when the Government removed rates from domestic dwellings
they have reneged on their commitment to properly fund local government. Somebody has to take a stand against this. The Government
would be better served if they punished the speculators and the banks for bringing about this crisis. Get rid of their
quango's which are costing the country millions. To review their army of special advisors which are attached to every department,
thus further saving huge amounts of money”.
”This uncaring Government
of the Greens and Fianna Fail are bringing in savage cutbacks in Health and Education thus furthering their attacks on the
working class. What must not be lost through this debate is that the schools are going to be charged for water, even thought
their capitation grants fall way short of what is needed. No self respecting Socialist could possibly accept this Budget”,
said Cllr. Walsh.
Issued 15th December 2008