Sinn Féin Fingal County Council group leader Cllr Paul Donnelly has expressed his disappointment at the decision of the Labour and Green party to prop up another Fianna Fail-led Council for the next five years.
Cllr Donnelly said:
“I am very disappointed that Labour and the Green Party have decided not to work with those of on the left and create a new opportunity to deliver for those in our community who feel let down, disenfranchised and alienated from the political system and the workings of local authorities.
“In our last term, we worked hard on a county development plan to ensure that we have sustainable development, now is the time to make sure that this is delivered. Planning needs to be reformed and devolved back down to local authorities. The removal of significant powers from local authorities, especially in the area of planning, has resulted in the continuing disconnect by the people from local government.
“Our council team will commit to working with every party in this council to ensure that we have housing for all, social and affordable; that we have realistic and deliverable environmental strategies to deal with climate change in our communities; and that we drive fair and equitable economic growth in Fingal that will benefit all those who live in our county, delivering jobs that are sustainable and with companies that respect our workers and our communities.
“We will also work with our partners on the various committees and SPCS’s to ensure that community safety and policing is delivered across the community. We have different issues across the community, but the focus remains the same, an appropriate level of Garda resources to deal with gun and drug crime and anti-social behaviour.
“We will support the work of the county childcare committee to ensure that our partners in the various voluntary, community, and statutory organisations work together to provide and develop childcare and parental support services across the county.
“Our team will work positively with all sides of the chamber to deliver for our communities however we will take Labour and the Green party to task if they impose further local property tax rises and seek to use this council to further their party pledges to introduce water charges and a carbon tax.”