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Burke Slams City Manager: Demands Fair Share for Dublin

21 September, 2004

Sinn Féin Councillor and Group Leader on Dublin City Council Christy Burke has slammed City Management following the revelation that €390 million allocated for local authority spending lies unclaimed in the hands of the Department of Environment. Cllr Burke was speaking after a Sinn Féin Emergency Motion on the issue was ruled out of order at a City Council meeting last night.

Cllr Burke said: "Last Thursday Minister Martin Cullen told the AMMI Conference in Listowel that there is €390 million in local government funding unclaimed by City and Council Managers in the hands of central Government. This is a national disgrace and it is truly staggering that local authorities across Dublin are not beating down the door to ask the Minister for a share of these funds.

"Families in Dublin, many of them in my own area, are living in Dickensian conditions because the Council cannot afford to properly fund the necessary maintenance. There are over a thousand people homeless in Dublin City and almost 7,000 households on our housing lists. Projects across the City are cut back because of a lack of funds and here are hundreds of millions lieing unspent.

"The Sinn Féin Group‚s emergency motion on this issue was ruled out of order tonight (Monday 20th) but it is the City Manager who is out of order leaving €390 million unspent and not demanding a fair share for Dublin. I am calling on the City Council to meet with the Department as a matter of urgency to discuss the disposal of these funds." ENDS

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