South Tipperary Independent TD Mattie McGrath has slammed the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Phil Hogan for trying to fool the public and bulldoze through his plans for Septic Tanks inspections without proper consultation.
Deputy McGrath raised the matter of the publication of the performance standards and regulations for domestic waste water treatment systems with the Taoiseach in the Dáil and in response to this, Minister Hogan wrote to the South Tipperary Deputy and informed him that he “expects to be in a position to publish the regulations in the next few weeks”.
“If we cast our minds back to that fateful day in February where Minister Hogan made a great song and dance about coming to Tipperary and announced that the standards and regulations would be published within two weeks followed by a four week consultation process, it is hard to believe that we are still waiting for the standards and regulations to be published” said Deputy McGrath
“What we did get in the meantime was a sham of a public consultation, if one could even call it that” continued McGrath
“The Minister bulldozed through this legislation in such a hurry that it appears not even his Department could keep up. His attitude is appalling” continued McGrath
Deputy McGrath also criticised the Minister for the confusion that he has caused in relation to the reduced registration fee of €5.
“The Minister announced back in early February that a reduced registration fee of €5 would apply from the first of April until June. We have had people contacting my Office stating that they had tried to register with the Department before the end of June to avail of the reduced fee but were informed that they could not register. Sure how could they register when the registration isn’t open yet despite the Minister stating that it would be open on April 1. It seems as though the Minister has taken an April fool’s day joke too far” said Deputy McGrath
“This whole episode has been farcical and for a Minister to treat the Public and Members of the Oireachtas with such arrogance is disgraceful” concluded McGrath