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Time for Left Alliance at Dublin City Council

15 June, 2009



Speaking in advance of tonight’s first meeting of Dublin City Council Sinn Féin group leader Larry O’Toole has called for a ‘left alliance to fundamentally change the direction of the City.’

Cllr O’Toole said:

‘The people of Dublin City have voted for change. By a clear majority they have rejected the failed right wing policies of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael. There is a responsibility on the rest of us to deliver real change for the people of the city.

‘Sinn Féin believes that it is time for a left alliance at Dublin City Council. We have had a number of positive meetings with the Labour Party since the election and will continue to engage positively with both Labour and others in order to develop a policy led agenda for change.

‘Our objective in the five years ahead is to fundamentally change the way in which the Council does its business.

‘As a demonstration of our desire for a meaningful left alliance in the City our councillors will tonight support the Labour Party candidates for Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

‘In the coming days we will be seeking meetings with Labour and other progressive Councillors to discuss the development of common policy agendas on issues such as economic development, housing, service delivery, public transport, environmental protection and local government reform.

‘Sinn Féin wants to build an open and honest relationship with the Labour Party. We believe that working together we can deliver real change in our city. It is time for Dublin City Council to stand up for Dubliners and put all the people of the city first.’ ENDS

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