Both Donegal Action Against Austerity and Fianna Fail have organised a series of meetings this week in relation to septic tank registration and charges.
Spokesperson for the DAAA, Joe Murphy said: “Due to the success of our meeting held in Buncrana on January 17, where we had a unanimous vote to maintain the boycott on property tax and septic tank registration, we have organised another series of meetings around Inishowen.”
The DAAA meetings will take place as follows: The Persian Bar, Carndonagh on Tuesday, January 22; Lilly’s Bar, Malin Town on Wednesday, January 23; The Trawlerman Bar, Moville on Thursday, January 24; and Market House, Clonmany on Friday, January 25. All meeting start at 7.30pm.
The group will also hold a protest against septic tank registraiton and charges, beginning at 2pm this Sunday, January 27 outside the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana.
Mr Murphy also hit out at a series of Fianna Fail meetings on septic tank registration for “giving out the wrong information”.
However, Donegal Fianna Fail Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has said the party has “stepped in to provide people with the information they need as the deadline for registration approaches”.
According to Mr Ó Domhnaill, a lot of confusion remains about the impact of the Government’s new septic tank legislation.
He is expected to join Fianna Fail Councillor Paul Canning in a series of information meetings on the issue in Inishowen this week. Cllr Canning, who is an architect and qualified site assessor, explained: “We want to provide local homeowners with the information they need about these new laws and to assist them with the registration process.
“It is unacceptable that the Government has failed to do this while imposing a deadline of February 1 in order to avail of grant aid of up to 4,000 euro and escape huge fines put in place by the Environment Minister.”
Cllr Canning added: “Many householders are rightly worried about this new law which was rammed through the Dáil by Fine Gael and Labour. We hope these meetings will help inform people of the implications of the septic tank legislation ahead of the pending deadline.”
The meeting venues/dates are as follows: Burt Hall on Thursday, January 24; Malin Hotel on Saturday, January 25; Lake of Shadows Hotel, Buncrana on Sunday, January 27; Redcastle Hotel on Monday, January 28; and the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on Tuesday, January 29. All meetings start at 8pm.