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Lynn Boylan accuses Costello of cynical electioneering on Dublin mayor vote

4 April, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin EU candidate for Dublin, Lynn Boylan, this morning criticised comments made by Labour’s Emer Costello concerning a directly elected mayor of Dublin, accusing the MEP of indulging in cynical electioneering on an important issue for Dublin.

Speaking while in Finglas this morning, Lynn Boylan said:

“Emer Costello is clearly trying to hoodwink the public. People need only look beyond Emer’s soundbites and headlines and ignore her cynical electioneering.

“The facts are that a number of Labour party councillors on both Fingal County Council & South Dublin County Council voted against giving people the chance to vote on whether to have an elected mayor for Dublin. In particular the votes of the four Labour councillors on Fingal County Council ensured  that there would be no referendum for Dublin.

“And yet today we have Emer Costello stating that the Labour Party continues to support the concept of a directly elected mayor for Dublin. It would appear that once again the Labour party’s words bear absolutely no relation to their actions. The people of Dublin were let down by Labour councillors and now, just a few days later, Emer Costello is rapidly trying to reclaim lost ground.

“Sinn Féin supported the proposed referendum on whether there should be a directly elected mayor of Dublin and we will continue to support that concept. Emer Costello and her Labour colleagues need to act on important Dublin issues and not simply use them as electioneering tools.”

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