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Doolan - Sinn Féin aim to reclaim the capital

11 September, 2003

Following last night's Sinn Féin convention held in the Holiday Inn on Pearse Street, the party has chosen Daithí Doolan to contest the Dublin City Council election in the South East Inner City ward.

Speaking tonight, Dublin Sinn Féin Chairperson, Daithí Doolan said he was looking forward to the election campaign. He said:

"It will give Sinn Féin a great opportunity to make further gains here in the inner city and indeed right across Dublin. It will also give our citizens the chance to choose the real alternative that is Sinn Féin. The party aims to increase our representation on City Council from its current 4 Councillors to at least 10 if not 12 seats. This will put us in a position to seriously challenge the cosy cartel of Fianna Fáil and Labour. This cartel has failed the people of Dublin and most notably here in the inner city. While private development moves ahead unchecked our communities remain left behind. I aim to change all that and put people's issues top of the political agenda. The battle to reclaim the city for the people of this city begins tonight."

"I will be campaigning to break the strangle-hold private developers have over land in this city and to provide housing for those who need it. I will be campaigning to change Dublin's Waste Management Strategy from bin charges and incineration to one based on reducing, reusing and recycling our waste.

We aim to put the people of Dublin at the centre of local government. And I have every confidence that the capital's citizens will help us do just that."

Endorsing party colleague Eoin O'Sé's nomination for the Rathmines ward Doolan said it was,

"A sign of the party's development that we are now contesting to win 2 seats here in Dublin South East."ENDS

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