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Sinn Féin's Daithí Doolan appointed to Docklands Authority

6 February, 2007

Sinn Féin Dublin South East Representative Cllr. Daithí Doolan has been appointed by Dublin City Council (DCC) to the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA). Cllr. Doolan, a resident of the docklands, joins a number of local Councillors, community members, DDC delegates and members of the business sector.

The DDDA was established through Government legislation in 1997 and has spent to date €7 billiof both private and public monies on its developments in Dublin's north & south inner city. It is projected that the population growth on the 1,300 acres of land being developed by the DDDA until 2012 is to grow from 17,000 (in 1997) to 45,000.

Cllr. Doolan said "I am delighted that Dublin City Council's has decided to appoint me to the DDDA Council and I intend using my new position to advance the cause of sustainable community development that addresses the social needs of all our inner city citizens."

"With the projected increase in population the provision of public infrastructure urgently needs to be prioritised. We need more green spaces and play areas. Local socially assessable childcare facilities and adequate public transport must be put in place".

"Local enterprise within the dockland area must be cultivated through the establishment of incubation space for small to medium sized businesses. Grants and tax incentives encouraging the creation of local inner city business are imperative."

"The encouragement of young people to play a full and active role in mapping out the future of the docklands. Our young people's needs are must be heard and acted on. They must be given their rightful place in the decision making process."

"A culture of real participative democracy needs to be embraced on by the Docklands Authority. It must be publicly accountable to the local communities. We must have regular public consultations where previous commitments are reviewed and action taken if not delivered on. Empty words and broken promises will no longer acceptable."

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