Fingal’s Housing and Policing issues cannot be held hostage to political games – Cllr Malachy Quinn
Sinn Féin Cllr Malachy Quinn has criticised Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for playing politics at the cost of addressing the ongoing crisis in housing and policing in the County, which needs to be dealt with as a priority.
Cllr Quinn said:
“Sinn Féin stood in the election on the platform of delivering a fair recovery, investing in public services and promoting Irish Unity. Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil both stood on a platform of tax cuts that benefit the better off and minimum investment in public services. There are no real policy differences between these two parties and together they command a majority. It is remarkable that on Fingal County Council both parties with the support of Labour as well as selective Independent councillors can work together
“What we are witnessing is a political power play between these two parties whilst Fingal’s housing crisis worsens and Garda man hours come under enormous pressure. For a consecutive year the issue of Rural Crime across the towns of Fingal had been to the forefront of the recent Fingal Joint Policing Meeting held in Balbriggan
“That is not good enough for the thousands on the Housing list in the County or the residents who find themselves the victims of crime due to the consistent lack of investment by the previous two Governments in Garda resources.
“The people had spoken in the election - there needs to be a political will in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to acknowledge the fact that they are both similar, they need to establish a government and a functioning Dáil to deal with the everyday issues affecting the people of Fingal like homelessness and Rural Crime
“Regardless of any of the political gamesmanship over the past week it is imperative that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael respect their mandate and work to address the issues of Fingal as well as the State.”