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Waste Disposal Charges

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 27 November 2018

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Questions (485, 489)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

485. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the provision of an annual support towards the cost of pay-by-weight bin charges for homes which have a family member using incontinence pads; when details of this scheme will be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48855/18]

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Brendan Griffin

Question:

489. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will consider introducing a bin charge waiver for households that have to dispose of incontinence wear; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48974/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 485 and 489 together.

My Department is continuing the work of developing a mechanism to provide a €75 support for vulnerable persons with a condition such as lifelong or long-term medical incontinence to help meet the average annual cost of disposing of their domestic waste. I am informed that this process has taken longer than envisaged, due to a number of issues, including data protection issues that have arisen since the introduction of GDPR.  However, I can assure the Deputy that I am committed to introducing an annual support as soon as practically possible in conjunction with relevant agencies and stakeholders.

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