[Sinn Fein]

22nd February 2002

Sinn Fein calls on all parties to unite against the bin charges

Speaking ahead of this afternoon's emergency meeting on the Bin Charges Sinn Fein's general election candidate in Dublin Central, Councillor Nicky Kehoe has called on all parties to stand with the people of Dublin against the charges in the face of threats from the Corporation.

``Constituents of all the councilors have been subject to a campaign of intimidation by Dublin Corporation, threatening them with legal action if they refuse to pay the tax. Along with the rest of the Sinn Fein group on Council I am standing with the people of my area and refusing to pay this unjust tax. There is a real anger in Dublin at the way this tax was foisted on us by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens. Minister Noel Dempsey may claim he wants more democracy in local government but he was prepared to dissolve the Council to get his way. What kind of local democracy is that?

Dublin Sinn Fein activists are holding a picket at the next Dublin City Council meeting on Monday 4th March at 6.00pm outside City Hall to protest the Council's actions. We would call for all councilors of whatever party allegiance to put the people of Dublin before their own party or personal interests and take a stand for local democracy in Dublin, for a progressive waste management strategy and for an end to this unfair and unjust double tax.''ENDS

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