Sinn Féin - Delivering for Dublin
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP is in Dublin this morning to launch the party's campaign for the Capital. Mr. Adams said that Sinn Féin is on the move in Dublin City and is on target to substantially increase its representation in the Dáil.
Mr. Adams said:
"Sinn Féin is a party on the move in Dublin city. We have made significant gains in every election in the last decade and now have 14 councillors, 2 TDs and an MEP and our support is continuing to grow. Our public representatives are delivering on the ground in their communities every day of the week. But we want to do much more. We want Sinn Féin Ministers at the cabinet table where they can take the kind of decisions which can transform housing provision, healthcare, education and transport - improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. We will also put the elimination of poverty at the top of the political agenda.
"One of the biggest challenges facing the city is planning - dealing with the problems caused by the abuse of planning in the 1980s and coming up with innovative solutions to provide the infrastructure, jobs and public services necessary to ensure a good quality of life for everyone who lives and works here.
"Sinn Féin in Dublin has set itself ambitious but achievable goals to win further Dáil seats and to become a leading voice for people across Dublin. We have the ability to deliver real change." ENDS
Delivering for Dublin
Get Dublin moving - Invest in public transport - 500 extra buses for the city and an integrated ticketing system. All public transport is accessible to people with disabilities.
Proceed with the new National Children's Hospital at the Mater Hospital site. Retain the maximum possible number of paediatric services and in-patient beds at Tallaght Hospital and retain Crumlin Children's Hospital as a child-focussed healthcare facility.
Reduce class sizes to 20 for all children under 9 and provide sufficient local school places.
Legislate to ensure that essential services such as schools and public transport are included at the early stages of all significant developments.
30% social and affordable housing in all new developments and legislation to improve the quality and size of homes and apartments being built across the city. We will eliminate street homelessness in the city by 2010 and legislate to require that any social housing stock sold is replaced on a unit-for-unit basis, with the profits received by local government ring-fenced and matched by central government to replenish social housing stock.
Re-development of the city's canals as local recreational amenities and more provision of youth facilities
A properly resourced suicide prevention strategy for the city.
Appoint a Minister of State with sole responsibility for drugs issues - we want to see more resources and planning to tackle the ongoing drugs crisis - increased provision of residential detox beds and investment in education, prevention and recovery projects.
Opposition to incineration with greater support for reduction, reuse and recycling - a minimum target for Dublin of 50% recycling and introduce a total ban on disposal of compostable waste in landfills by 2010.
1916 Cultural Quarter - the area around the GPO/Moore Street and O'Connell Street to be designated a historical quarter in preparation for the 100th anniversary of 1916 with an emphasis on learning and tourism. This must be done in consultation with the people who live and work in this community.
Sinn Féin Dublin candidates
- Dublin Central - Mary Lou McDonald MEP
- Dublin North Central - Peter Lawlor
- Dublin North East - Larry O'Toole
- Dublin North West - Dessie Ellis
- Dublin North - Matt McCormack
- Dublin West - Felix Gallagher
- Dublin Mid West - Joanne Spain
- Dublin South West - Seán Crowe TD
- Dublin South - Shaun Tracey & Sorcha Nic Cormaic
- Dun Laoghaire - Eoin O'Broin
- Dublin South Central - Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD
- Dublin South East - Daithí Doolan