Newly co-opted Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha has said that the party team on the Council will oppose the failed austerity programme being imposed at local and national level and will bring forward better, fairer solutions to the economic crisis. Councillor Mac Donncha was co-opted at Monday night’s Council meeting and was elected as Chairperson of the Finance Committee.
“It’s a great honour to be taking up this Council seat, to represent the people of this city, the people of Donaghmede in particular. I am proud to represent Sinn Féin and to reclaim the Sinn Féin Council seat for which the electorate voted in 2009.
“I am fully aware of the severe limitations on the powers and functions of local democracy. We face further attacks now because of the disastrous recession brought about by the Golden Circle of Establishment politicians, bankers and speculators in this City, in this State and in the EU.
“It is ironic that in the Six Counties our party colleagues are campaigning to have fiscal powers brought back to Belfast from Westminster where the purse-strings are held. But here in this State we have a Government that has ceded our sovereignty to the EU and the IMF.
“They have been guilty of saddling this and future generations with a massive debt to pay for the gambling losses of speculators. That money is being taken out of the pockets of ordinary working people and struggling families – out of wage packets and welfare support, in health and education cuts and in cuts to vital local authority services and jobs.
“As Chairperson of the City Council Finance Committee I see my role as part of the Sinn Féin City Council team, working with the people who elect us to resist these attacks. We will campaign against the failed austerity programme and for a real and viable and fair economic strategy. We will focus on solutions and work constructively with fellow councillors.
“The people have a right to local democracy, to decent housing, a decent environment and the full range of local authority services. It is a scandal that in a City where there is still massive wealth, we have people living in appalling conditions. Our job is to change all that.
“Táim ag súil le bheith ag obair le comhairleoirí ar gach taobh den gcomhairle seo ar son leas an phobail. Mar Comhairloeir Poblachtánach beidh mé ag obair ar son sochaí cothromach, ar son caomhnú ár dteanga náisiúnta agus ar son Éireann Aontaithe.” ENDS