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Sinn Féin to launch campaign to oppose increasing development charges in Donegal

14 October, 2005

Donegal Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse Doherty has said that his party intend to launch an aggressive campaign against proposed development charges increases in County Donegal.

Cllr Doherty said,

It is clear to me that the other parties in the county would like to see these proposed increases pass with little notice, how ever we in Sinn Fein will do our utmost to ensure that the public are fully aware of the proposed charges which will see charges on houses in some areas of the county rise from ?480 to ?5,400. To this effect Sinn Féin in the county will next week launch a campaign to oppose these charges and demand that the government make an exception for Donegal.  

This campaign will involve information leaflets, public meeting and publicity events aimed at drawing the public's attention to this Stealth Tax and asking the public to make their voice heard in opposing increase of up to 1125% on new houses.  

Cllr. Doherty concluded,

"All parties on Donegal County Council took a principled stand before the local elections and refused to increase development charges. I am appealing to them now, to show the public that this was not just an election gimmick, but a principled policy that they will continue with. The rational at that time to refuse to accept the increases was that they were unjust and unfair to the people of Donegal, that are already suffering as a result of high unemployment. There is no reason for parties to change their position on this, if anything in the last two years the situation in Donegal has regressed. With 60% of our population in Donegal dependent on social welfare payments, over four times the national unemployment level, 90% more chance that we here will be living in poverty than the rest of the country, and the level of low wages that this county has are all reason for all elected representatives here in Donegal to stand together, shoulder to shoulder and demand that the government make an exception of this county and fund our capitol projects 100% as they did in the past."ENDS

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