Limerick senator slams “inaccessible” Re-Turn recycling machines

Limerick Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan.

LIMERICK Sinn Féin senator and candidate in Ireland South in the upcoming European elections, Paul Gavan, has hit out at the “inaccessibility” of the new Re-Turn bottle recycling machines, which he dubs an “unfair tax on those with disabilities”.

Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Gavan said that the “broad welcome” for the government scheme “has now turned to disappointment”, warning that “these machines are not at the required height for wheelchair users”.

He further claimed that the lack of braille signage on machines or bottles have left visually impaired people go without consideration.

“Regardless of whether or not you can access these new vending machines, you are still liable to pay the tax on the bottle,” Senator Gavan said.