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Sinn Féin will bring new dynamic to local government

4 June, 2004

Sinn Féin local election candidate Daithí Doolan has said that the party will be going into councils throughout the country with a new dynamic for change after next Friday. Mr Doolan was speaking as the party launched its Local Government Manifesto in Dublin this morning. The candidate for Dublin‚s south-east inner city said that the party had "a proven track record in bringing about change in local government", and would be "building on this record by implementing the many proposals in its manifesto".

Mr Doolan said:

"In 2004 Sinn Féin is contesting more local authority seats than ever before. When we are joined by our new councillors after June 11th, Sinn Féin will be in a position to bring a new dynamic to local government and to implement all of the proposals set out in our manifesto.

"Our councillors have spoken out for the people who elected them, and have led many prominent local campaigns over the last few years, such as the bin charges campaign in Dublin.

"Our manifesto sets out the areas that we will continue to work and campaign on in councils throughout the country, including housing, health, the environment, education, planning and development, rural development, agriculture, justice in the community, the drugs problem, transport, enterprise and employment, domestic violence and multiculturalism.

„Our councillors will work for:

  • Housing - Local authorities to fulfill their responsibility to deliver adequate and appropriate housing for the communities which they represent, including the setting and implementation of targets for the elimination of housing waiting lists
  • Health - The retention and further development of the maximum range of services at local hospitals and the provision of quality hospital care for all, regardless of income or geographic location
  • Environment - A waste management policy which prioritises reducing the production of waste and an effective and comprehensive system of recycling and reusing waste materials
  • Education - Streamlining of existing projects designed to tackle educational disadvantage, with the funding allowances and planning powers centred under the remit of local government
  • Planning - Greater community involvement in the planning process as a basic starting point of all development plans
  • Rural development - Promotion of all-Ireland integration and co-operation
  • Transport - Implementation of cheap, reliable, accessible and public transport

"Sinn Féin's record in local government speaks for itself. Next Friday, we will hold even more influence on the various councils around the country, and we will building on that record, using this manifesto as the means."ENDS

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