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Dunsink barrier must be removed immediately

11 October, 2004

Sinn Féin Councillor for Dublin City Dessie Ellis has accused the Dublin City Council and Fingal Council, and other state bodies of "creating inter-communal tensions in Finglas" and called upon them to "immediately remove the barrier at Dunsink".

Councillor Ellis made his call as members of the travelling community protested against the blocking of an access road to a halting site in the Finglas area. Dublin City Council says they erected the barrier to counter illegal dumping in the area.

Speaking this morning, Cllr Ellis said:

"I am calling upon Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council to immediately remove the barrier at Dunsink. It is a draconian and shortsighted attempt to deal with the problem of illegal dumping in the area. Furthermore, local people were not notified that the barrier would be erected. The City Council is responsible for inflaming inter-communal tensions in the Finglas area.

"Let me be clear about this, illegal dumping in the area is a matter for the whole community and cannot be attributed to one group of people. To block off a whole community of people is irresponsible and foolish, and has led to great inconvenience to the local people. A number of local children have not gone to school for fear of not being able to return home safely.

'Sinn Féin believes that this barrier must be removed and a consultation process begun with the local people to discuss the wider issue of illegal dumping and other matters in the area. I would also question the legality of such a measure. The City Council must act now to regain the trust of the local community.

"Blocking off local communities is wrong and must cease. It is only a few short months since green mesh screens were erected at a halting site on the N32, so that visiting EU dignitaries did not have to see inside the site. This type of approach to local communities is indicative of the attitude that prevails within certain sections of society. People deserve better." ENDS

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