Article from the May 2005 edition, the Socialist
paper of the Socialist Party, the CWI in Ireland.
Bin tax court victory
THE DUBLIN City Anti-bin Tax Campaign won a circuit court case taken by James Hegarty against the demand by Dublin City Council that he pay bin tax arrears for the years 2001 and 2002. The court ruled that the City Council had not provided any incentive to James Hegarty to recycle his rubbish and was therefore in breach of it's own waste management plan.
The ruling means that bin charges in the Dublin City Council area for 2001 and 2002 were illegal. Therefore the council will not be able to take non-payers to court for arrears owed for these two years.
Householders who have contacted the council to enquire about their arrears for these years or to ask for a refund for the money they paid have been told by council officials that the ruling only applies to James Hegarty. It seems that if householders who paid the charges for this period want a refund that they will have to take the council to court to recoup their money.