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Less spin, more substance needed from Hogan: Brian Stanley TD

29 April, 2012 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Fein spokesperson on environment, community and local government has today challenged Minister Hogan, "to use less spin and more substance when announcing his proposals on local government reform."
Responding to today's reports that Minister Hogan will announce a plan for major reform of local government, Stanley said, "the Minister would be better off engaging with stake holders rather than using media spin to promote his so called reform. Any reforms he introduces will be measured against democracy, accountability, transparency and devolution of power. For too long consecutive governments have used local government reform as code for erosion of local democracy.
If current form is anything to go by the Minister does not have a good track record on delivering progressive change. Septic tank charges, household charges and water meters have all lead to massive public opposition.
Sinn Fein believes in strong local government. We believe that more power should be devolved to local authorities, including, waste management, economic development and housing. Centralising more power with bureaucrats in the Customs House is unacceptable. It is vital that the public have these essential services delivered by local authorities that are democratically elected and accountable to the public they serve."

In conclusion, Stanley said, "Sinn Fein will be meeting our colleagues in Stormont tomorrow to discuss putting forward robust, all Ireland local government proposals. "

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