Coalition attack on Local Democracy – Cllr. Mac Donncha
Sinn Féin Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha, Chairperson of Dublin City Council's Finance Committee, has said that Local Government Minister Phil Hogan is “attacking local democracy” by imposing further cuts in funding for councils, linking these cuts to the Household Charge.
Cllr. Mac Donncha said:
“Minister Hogan and his colleagues in the Fine Gael/Labour Coalition are mounting an assault on local democracy. By tying local government funding to the un-collectable and inequitable Household Charge the coalition is putting councils in an impossible financial position. He is now going to impose further cuts in central government allocations for councils for the remainder of 2012.
“At the time of Budget 2012 Sinn Féin said clearly that the cut to the Local Government Fund was unsustainable, that the Household Charge was unjust and would be widely boycotted and that by making local government dependent on receipts from the Household Charge, the coalition was going to undermine services across the board. This is now taking place and it is citizens in Dublin and across this State who are paying the price for the coalition’s dogged pursuit of a failed policy of austerity.”