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Pearse Doherty TD calls for emergency three-year rent freeze and tax relief for renters

7 April, 2019 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin council candidates will push for an emergency rent freeze for three years and tax relief for renters.

The announcement was made today by Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD at a party launch for EU and local election candidates North and South.

Addressing the meeting in Swords, Co Dublin, Doherty said:

“Sinn Féin Councillors will seek an emergency rent freeze for three years and tax relief for renters.

"Our councillors will also push councils to use Social Clauses for all public contracts and council accredited Local Living Wage Employer Certificates."

The party is also campaigning to return waste collection to the control of local authorities and for an end to  ‘side by side’ waste collection.

Mr Doherty said Sinn Féin would oppose increased carbon taxes on hard-pressed citizens and push for real measures to reduce carbon emissions and ensure that climate action is at the core of council policies.

The party will also continue to seek abolition of the property tax, the delivery of real public transport options in rural areas, rural broadband connectivity and the delivery of integrated and affordable childcare.

On the European election, Teachta Doherty said Sinn Féin MEPs were the only Irish representatives in Europe putting the interests of the Irish people first:

“Martina Anderson, Matt Carthy, Lynn Boylan and Liadh Ní Riada are the only Irish MEPs standing unequivocally for a United Ireland and providing coherent opposition to EU elites, powerful corporate interests, and the creation of an EU army.

“In the face of Brexit, it was Sinn Féin MEPs who doggedly defended the Good Friday Agreement and first promoted Special Designated Status for the North within the EU.

“In 2019 Ireland needs Sinn Féin MEPs more than ever.

“As the Westminster Brexit chaos continues, uncertainty remains about possible European elections in the North.

“I say bring it on!

“Sinn Féin is ready to fight such an election and we will stand unequivocally for the interests of Ireland. 

“Indeed Sinn Féin's position is representative of the views of the majority of people in the North, from all background, who have opposed to Brexit,” he said.

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