[Sinn Fein]

2nd September 2002

Ellis calls on Mayor to end City Council campaign of intimidation

Speaking head of a protest being held at 6pm outside City Hall tonight, Sinn Fein councillor for Finglas, Dessie Ellis has called on Dublin Mayor Dermot Lacey to put a halt to the campaign of intimidation being carried out by the City Council. Cllr Ellis said:

"Several of my constituents are being brought to court over their refusal to pay the Bin Tax. Tens of thousands of Dubliners, including myself, are refusing to pay this unfair double tax foisted on us by Fianna Fail and Fine Gael. Faced with their complete failure to win popular support for this tax, the Council has resorted to scare tactics, threatening Dubliners with court action. The Council knows it can't take everyone to court and are hoping that by making an example out of a few, the rest of us will fall into line.

Mayor Lacey's party has consistently opposed the Bin Tax and they should be congratulated for it. However, as the Mayor of Dublin, he has a direct responsibility to use his office and his influence to put a halt to these letters and the impending court action. I am calling on Mayor Lacey to stand with Dubliners in refusing to pay this tax and to condemn the Council's decision to send out these letters."

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