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Sinn Féin to oppose Estimates at tonights meeting of Dublin City Council

15 December, 2003

Chairperson of Dublin Sinn Féin Daithi Doolan, speaking following a meeting of the party's Dublin City Councillors, announced that they will be opposing the Estimates at tonight's meeting of the City Council. Mr. Doolan also said that Sinn Féin will be holding a protest outside the City Hall at 6pm this evening to co-incide with the meeting.

Mr. Doolan said:

"Despite the alternatives before him, the Dublin City Manager is insisting on including, in the Estimates, a 23% increase in the bin charges and has said that he will continue to increase the charges until the money raised fully pays for the collection service. This goes against all advice and will put families under huge pressure in the time ahead. This increase is also happening despite a complete failure on the part of the City Manager to bring forward a proper waste management strategy or real proposals for recycling in the City. In reality he has moved away from a waste management strategy to a fundraising plan.

"Sinn Féin remains absolutely opposed to bin charges as a solution to the waste management problems of Dublin and we are committed to having them overturned. In their place we are recommending that a range of measures be introduced to fund such services in the city including:

  • rates on government buildings
  • bed charge for city hotels
  • enforcement of legislation in private rented sector - landlords must register

Sinn Féin Councillors on Dublin City Council will be voting against the Estimates at tonight's meeting and we are calling on other parties to stand firm against this unacceptable increase in the bin charges. I am also calling on people to join with us in this campaign by attending the protest at City Hall this evening."ENDS

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