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Sinn Féin comment on resignation of Councillor Killian Forde

9 January, 2010

Commenting on the resignation from Sinn Féin of Dublin City Councillor Killian Forde, Dublin Sinn Féin Chairperson Eoin Ó Broin said the resignation was a disappointment and that the Donaghmede Councillor was elected on a Sinn Féin policy platform and he should now do the honourable thing by resigning his seat to allow a Sinn Féin co-option.

Saying that it had become clear in recent times that Killian Forde was in the wrong party Eoin Ó Broin stated:

"This was most graphically illustrated at the December meeting of Dublin City Council when Killian Forde, in defiance of a democratically agreed Sinn Féin position, voted in favour of the Council Estimates for 2010 which imposed new refuse charges on 40,000 low income households.

"Dublin Sinn Féin was vehemently opposed to Estimates which included a charge for those who had qualified for a refuse charge waiver - effectively the most vulnerable sections of society in our city.

"Sinn Féin makes no apology for defending public services and for standing by ordinary people who, by facing hikes on local charges and the decimation of public services, are being scape-goated for an economic crisis in which they played no hand, act or part.

“Sinn Féin is an activist, campaigning party that puts policies before personalities. It is not a platform for careerist politicians.

"Killian Forde clearly has problems with this position and with the politics of Sinn Féin. It has become increasingly obvious that Councillor Forde is in the wrong political party.

"Killian Forde was elected on a Sinn Féin policy platform and he should now do the honourable thing by those who elected him, by the pledge he signed prior to the election and immediately resign his seat to allow the co-option of a new Sinn Féin Councillor for the Donaghmede ward." ENDS

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