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Burke - Sinn Féin seeks all party support for proposals to save Council from collapse

6 January, 2003


Sinn Féin leader on Dublin City Council Cllr. Christy Burke, speaking after a meeting with City Manager John Fitzgerald said that Sinn Féin is deeply concerned at the prospect of the Council being dissolved by the government and described these bully boy tactics as an affront to democracy. "

Councillor Burke said:

"We made it clear to the City Manager this morning that we will be continuing to oppose unjust bin charges but we are calling for all party support for our alternative proposals for raising finance for Council services including:

  • rates on government buildings;
  • bed charge for city hotels;
  • enforcement of legislation in private rented sector - landlords must register

We believe that these proposals could save the Council from collapse.

"Given the grave crisis which this city is now facing Dublin Sinn Féin Councillors and party officer board members will be holding an emergency meeting, in advance of tonights sitting of the Council, at 5pm at City Hall. At this meeting we will be examining the options available to us to save the Council and also the options for the City if the government moves unilaterally and suspends the Council." ENDS

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