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Doolan calls on Minister to scrap anti democratic legislation

30 November, 2004

Sinn Féin's Environment spokesperson for Dublin City Council, Councillor Daithí Doolan speaking from City Hall today called on Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government Dick Roche, ''to immediately ammend the 2003 Protection of the Environment Act and allow local authorities a free vote on their budgets. As it stands local authorities, including here in Dublin City Council, debate and adopt their budgets under duress and threat.

It is totally unacceptable that last night's Dublin City Council budget was voted on under threat of City Council being dissolved by the Minister. The people of Dublin must now live with a 70% increase in their bin charge because Labour & Fine Gael capitulated to these threats and imposed the massive hike on the tax payers of this city.''

Cllr. Doolan said, ''It is now on record that Sinn Féin is the only party with a 100% record of opposing the bin charges both outside and inside City Hall.

We remain committed to overturning bin charges.''

Cllr Doolan concluded by calling, ''on all those who support local government reform to support Sinn Féin in demanding the scrapping of this anti democratic legislation.'' ENDS

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