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Burke - time for change on Dublin City Council

21 June, 2004

Sinn Féin's newly appointed Group Leader on Dublin City Council Christy Burke today thanked all those who helped to elect Mary Lou McDonald as MEP and to elect fourteen Sinn Féin Councillors across Dublin City and County. He said that Sinn Féin's priority was to implement our agenda for change and to deliver for the people of Dublin.

Cllr Burke said:

"The election of fourteen Councillors across Dublin City and County and the election of Mary Lou McDonald as MEP signals a major transformation in the political landscape of the City.

"The election results on Dublin City Council, in particular, must ensure that there is real change on the City Council and not just a continuation of the policies which have failed this city for the last five years.

"It is clear that the people of Dublin want change and Sinn Féin will continue to meet with all parties and groups in City Hall with a view to building a left wing alliance that will strengthen the social agenda and address the many problems facing the city. These include the housing crisis, traffic chaos, bringing forward a proper waste management strategy, supporting public services, addressing the causes and consequences of drug addiction. We will also be discussing these matters with the City Manager.

"Sinn Féin is calling for real changes in City Hall. Local communities must have a real say in the development of the City. The previous administration of Fianna Fail & Labour became a faceless bureaucracy which failed to connect with the people of Dublin, starting tonight Sinn Féin intends to change all that."ENDS

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