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Will Labour party close down Dublin amenities? – O’Toole

16 July, 2010

Sinn Féin group leader on Dublin City Council Larry O’Toole has demanded that the Labour party come clean with the citizens of the city about their plans for Dublin amenities in the next Council budget. O’Toole made his call following recent announcements by Labour councillor Killian Forde in a Dublin newspaper where he said the next budget would be the harshest ever for the city.

Cllr. O’Toole said:

“Killian Forde said in a recent newspaper article that the Dublin City Council Budget this year would be the harshest ever for Dublin citizens, entailing cuts of €35 million. The Labour party, along with Fine Gael, is in control of DCC currently, so it is they will be formulating the budget.

“I am demanding that the Labour party come clean with Dublin residents as to where they intend to levy those cuts. Will they close swimming pools and librarys? Or will it be playgrounds and skate parks? The Labour party showed their disdain for Dublin residents when they took the bin charge waiver from the poorest residents of the city. We all know what they are capable of now.

“The Labour party, with its partner Fine Gael, is implementing at council level the same failed policy approach of cuts that it pursues at a national level. They have showed a slavish following of Government economic policy and a complete lack of imagination of how to handle Budget deficits.

“Sinn Féin will challenge the dangerous plan they have for Dublin and we will work to ensure they are not allowed run this city into the ground.” ENDS

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