Sinn Féin welcomes fair and progressive Dublin City Council budget- Séamas McGrattan
Sinn Féin group leader on Dublin City Council Cllr Séamas McGrattan has welcomed this evening’s decision by a majority of the Council to pass a budget for 2015. The 2015 Budget is the first one passed by Sinn Féin and it is focused on fighting homelessness, funding community services and lowering the local property tax.
Speaking this evening after the budget was passed Cllr McGrattan said:
“This evening Sinn Féin and our Council colleagues, including Independents, Labour and the Green Party have passed a fair and progressive budget for 2015.
"We have managed to lower the local property tax by the maximum 15% for 2015, putting money back in the pockets of hard-pressed homeowners in the city. The commercial rates cut will be good for local businesses and jobs.
"The budget provides the extra funding required to address the homeless crisis in the city. The Department of the Environment is to provide €5 million for the homeless budget and this is acknowledged.”
"The budget retains all Council services at last year's levels and expands some, in spite of the austerity cuts by successive governments.
"Some of the other initiatives that will be funded by the 2015 Budget include: €1 million to be evenly split to fund street cleaning and footpath maintenance and upgrades; a half million euro in additional money will be available to the local area committees and an additional €0.2m will be set aside for community-led commemorations leading up to 2016. The Dublin cycling officer post will also be reinstated.”