South Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath is to maintain his campaign against ‘anti rural’ septic tank legislation in the New Year.
The independent deputy, who prevented the government from pushing through the legislation in the last week of the Dail before Christmas, said the public meetings throughout South Tipperary would continue.
Deputy McGrath, who tabled thirty two motions to the bill being presented to government by Environment Minister Phil Hogan, said he would continue to campaign against the bill because it was unfair and anti rural.
Deputy McGrath said that the government would eventually succeed in getting it passed by the Dail because of their large majority but that every effort would be made to make sure that as many amendments were taken on board by the government as possible.
Over ninety amendments were tabled on the proposed legislation and a committee only managed to discuss seven of those prior to Christmas.
“The government wanted to bring the legislation before the Dail even though the committee had only discussed seven of the amendments. We prevented the government from doing that and it will come back to committee very soon for further discussion,” said Deputy McGrath.
He said that those against the bill wanted to bring in the EPA, the City and County Manager Association and An Taisce into the discussions and that they were due to be notified of a Dail meeting this week but that notification was not issued yet.
“The legislation as it stands is discriminatory, it’s anti rural and unfair. I dont want dirty water but they are trying to get an amount of money out of rural people that is just not there. You can’t get blood out of a stone. This work should be grant aided,” said Deputy McGrath.
A number of public meetings were held around South Tipperary on the issue before Christmas and will continue to be held with one due to take place in New Inn next Tuesday night at 8pm.