Sinn Féin has welcomed the agreement between its Councillors on Dublin City Council and Independent, Labour & Green Councillors for the running of the City Council in the next five years. The agreement sets key priorities, including addressing the housing crisis and unemployment. The agreement will see a Sinn Féin Mayor of Dublin City in 2015/2016 and 2017/2018.
Speaking in advance of the City Council meeting, Sinn Féin City Council Deputy Leader Cllr. Mícheál Mac Donncha said:
“We welcome the agreement reached today between Sinn Féin, and the Independent, Labour and Green Councillors. We have agreed key priorities for the five year term of the City Council. Our top priority will be to help address the housing crisis in our City.
“The agreement will see mayor and deputy mayor positions allocated proportionally among our groups. Sinn Féin will hold the position of Mayor of Dublin in 2015/2016 and 2017/2018.
“I commend our group Leader Cllr. Séamus McGrattan for his leadership role in securing this agreement.
“It is Sinn Féin’s aim that the parties to this agreement on Dublin City Council will work together to achieve a budget for 2015 and subsequent years that is equitable, that adds no further to the financial burden on citizens and, where possible, eases that burden, that fully maintains Council services and that allows the Council to work with all sectors of civic society and economic life in Dublin to make our capital a vibrant, prospering, diverse and fair city.
“Both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael had the opportunity to be part of this agreement, including the proportional allocation of mayor and deputy mayor positions. But they chose to pull out. In the case of Fianna Fáil they could not overcome their prejudice against Sinn Féin and objected to our holding the Mayor position in 2015/2016. In the case of Fine Gael they wanted us to sign a blank cheque for all future Council budgets.
“As the largest group on the Council we will fulfil our mandate to the full, including opposing the Local Property Tax and Water Charges. In line with the agreement, we will be working to reduce the Local Property Tax burden on our citizens.” ENDS