Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald this morning set out the party’s ambitious ten-point plan for Dublin. Calling on Dubliners to make the change and vote Sinn Féin, she said it is time to change from those parties who have failed Ireland and our citizens – Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour.
Sinn Féin is standing 39 candidates in Dublin City and County and almost 40% of the party’s candidates are female.
Ms. McDonald said:
“Sinn Féin is ambitious for Dublin and its people. We believe Dublin can be one of the best cities in the world to live and work in, to be educated, to visit and to enjoy. It can have thriving communities and businesses, quality affordable housing, safe clean streets and efficient and equitable public services.
“There has never been a greater demand for real change in society, in the economy and in public life.
“Politics too must change. The old way of doing politics has failed. The way in which ordinary citizens are still being forced to pay for the actions of bankers, developers and politicians is deeply unfair.
“Banking debt, unemployment, emigration, a raft of new taxes, cuts to services and social supports are crushing the hope of Irish citizens and damaging the well-being of our society.
“It is time for change.
“It is time to make a change at all levels of political life – on the councils, in the Dail and in Europe.
“It is time to change from those parties who have failed Ireland and our citizens – Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour.
“This can be an historic election. Dubliners can be to the fore in electing new leaders, with new ideas to shape the future for the better. So make the change – vote Sinn Féin."
Sinn Féin’s top ten priorities
- Invest in social housing - initiate a social housing building stimulus package to build over 12,000 social houses State-wide and renovate and buy NAMA houses with an additional €1 billion stimulus spend to the Government’s planned capital spend over 18 months. No rent increases for tenants of substandard housing awaiting regeneration.
- Oppose the introduction of water charges and make local authorities the regulator for waste collection services.
- Abolish the property tax in government and reduce it on local authorities by the maximum amount of 15% in the short term.
- Support job creation - tackle unfair rates by introducing progressive rates for commercial businesses, support legislation to abolish upward only rents and address lack of parking in Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown Council area.
- Revive the 1916 Quarter - Ensure Moore Street,Henry Street/GPO, O’Connell St and Parnell Street are designated as an Historic 1916 Quarter and can play a full part in the 1916 celebrations and commemorations.
- Support Bus Átha Cliath - Oppose plans to privatise Dublin Bus. Privatisation leads to higher fares, worse conditions for workers and less access.
- Tackle the growing drugs crisis - provision of adequate funding for community based drug rehabilitation projects and reverse cuts to Youth Services.
- Mental health – invest more money and resources in suicide awareness and prevention
- A referendum on a Mayor for Dublin - Reform of local governemnt including the direct election of a Mayor for the Dublin Region
- Establish local public account committees – Oversight, accountability and responsibility are the cornerstones of good local government. We want to see local public account committees established to allow councillors to scrutinise public bodies and agencies providing services to the Dublin public.