Quality of life issues top agenda as Gerry Adams canvasses
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is canvassing Dublin today with Joanne Spain in Mid West and Mary Lou McDonald in Dublin Central. Mr. Adams will be focusing on quality of life issues particularly education, childcare and transport. He said 'In government Sinn Féin will legislate to ensure that all major housing developments include schools, childcare and recreational facilities and proper transport links at the outset.'
Mr. Adams said:
"Years of bad planning, where vast housing estates were built with little or no infrastructure, have resulted in drastically over crowded classrooms, a childcare shortage and transport chaos in many communities across Dublin and its surrounding counties. More than one in four primary school pupils are being taught in overcrowded classrooms in run down facilities. For some parents they don't even know if their child will have a school place next September. Many people spend hours every day stuck in gridlock on the M50 and other major roads coming into the city. This is seriously impeding peoples' quality of life.
"In government our priority would be to build urban villages which put peoples' needs first. We are committed to amending the planning laws to ensure that all major housing developments include adequate educational, childcare and recreational facilities and proper transport links at the outset.
"In Government Sinn Féin would immediately reduce class sizes for children under nine years of age to a maximum of twenty pupils and would prioritise the provision of affordable and accessible childcare. We need to ensure that the resources available to the government are used to improve peoples' quality of life. "ENDS