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Sinn Féin appoint Doolan as Dublin Spokesperson

10 January, 2005

Sinn Féin have appointed Councillor Daithí Doolan as Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment and Spokesperson on Economic Development, Planning & EU Affairs.

Cllr. Doolan said:

"I am delighted to be appointed Spokesperson on these important issues. It indicates the major political development and growth taking place for Sinn Féin here in Dublin.

"Dublin faces many challenges, none more important that the current waste management crisis, the creation of sustainable communities in the capital and the pending referendum on the EU Constitution. I aim to bring forward innovative ideas and solutions to address these serious issues. Waste management needs to be addressed at source, I will continue to campaign for the implementation of Zero Waste through the reduction, reusing and recycling of waste. The pro incinerator position of the government must be challenged and exposed. No amount of bullying or spin will cover up this fundamentally flawed plan.

"Economic development can not be allowed to be simply reduced to a money and numbers game, many of our communities continue to suffer from social exclusion despite the fact that Dublin is a European capital of inward investment. This investment and ongoing economic growth must be used to to create a more inclusive city and must be used to resource anti poverty measures. Homelessness is rife and the housing crisis continues to deepen yet developers continue to enjoy ever growing profits. This only further divides our society and it must be challenged, we must begin to meet the needs of people and their environment in a constructive and strategic way."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan said, "the current government has continued to ignore the needs of people and reinforce the two tier society many experience in health care, housing and education. I look forward to working with other parties, individuals and communities to challenge and change this reality." ENDS

Councillor Daithí Doolan is currently chairperson of the Dublin City Council Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) on Economic Development, Planning & European Affairs and a member of the Environment & Engineering (SPC).

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