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Sinn Fein "outraged" by Waterford Chamber of Commerce snub of City Council

21 January, 2005

Sinn Féin Waterford City Councillors David Cullinane and Joe Kelly have expressed their "outrage" following a conference in Waterford in which the local elected representatives were not invited. The Conference, organised by the Chamber, was discussing the development of Waterford and the South-east and was attended by many organisations and individuals. Minister Martin Cullen was also in attendance.

Cllr Cullinane said:

"I am angry and incensed that the Chamber of Commerce would organise such a conference and not invite the democratically elected local councillors. This represents a clear slap in the face to the elected representatives and by extension of that the people of Waterford. Not only were the councillors not invited but I understand the Mayor was not invited either."

"The future development of Waterford and the South-east must be mapped out by local and national politicians with the direct input of local communities. I believe that with the absence of locally elected representation this conference sends out the wrong message to the people of Waterford. It would not be unreasonable for people to assume that policy and development is being driven by so called 'influential' people and not by elected representatives and the community as a whole."

"I respect the work of the Chamber of Commerce and I would ask that they accept the vital and pivotal role that local people and their elected representatives play in the development of the region. Today's conference in my view represents a bad day for local democracy and sends out entirely the wrong message to the people of Waterford" ENDS

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