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A Sinn Féin team of TDs will deliver for Dublin – Adams

15 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking this evening at the general election campaign launch of party Vice President and TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald, has said:

“Sinn Féin is seeking to elected the strongest possible of team of TDs to represent Dublin.”

Deputy Adams continued:

“Dublin is the capital city of our country and its development is vitally important for the economic and social improvement of the entire country.   

“As the largest party at local government level in Dublin, with thirty-four councillors across the Dublin’s four local authorities, we have begun some of that work.

“We are the largest party on both Dublin City and South Dublin County Councils, as well as the joint largest party on Fingal County Council.

“Ard-Mhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Críona Ní Dhálaigh is a Sinn Féin Mayor. The Mayor of South Dublin Sarah Holland is a Sinn Féin Mayor. Moreover, where Sinn Féin is part of progressive alliances on Dublin Councils we have delivered for the electorate.

“We have delivered the maximum 15% reduction to the local property tax on both Dublin City and South Dublin Councils for two years in a row now, putting money back in the pockets of Dublin homeowners. In government we will abolish the property tax outright.

“As a result of the governments continued refusal to solve the housing crisis, we have delivered an extra €21 million in funding for homeless services in the City. We have delivered additional money for social housing repairs, for the celebration of the centenary of the 1916 Rising and towards library services.

“Sinn Féin is delivering but local government is limited. That’s why we need a Sinn Féin-led government, with a strong team of Dublin Sinn Féin TDs that will deliver for Dublin.

“We will abolish water charges, putting money back in the pockets of every household in Dublin. We will take 277,000 workers out of the USC net. And we will tackle the housing crisis.  Nowhere is the government’s failure to address the housing crisis more prevalent than in Dublin where thousands of people are on housing waiting lists or homeless, where young people struggle to rent an apartment and young families can’t afford to buy a home.

“Dublin hospitals - Beaumont, the Mater and St. Vincent’s are consistently amongst the worst in the State for emergency department overcrowding. Sinn Féin is the only party with a costed plan to deliver universal healthcare that treats citizen with the dignity and respect they deserve.  Sinn Féin can and Sinn Féin will deliver for Dublin.” 

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