[Sinn Fein]

9th August 1999

Civil Rights Before Financial Might

Following a curtailed decision by An Bórd Pleanála this week to accept a massive planning application in Spencer Dock, Councillor Christy Burke has called for legal aid to be allocated for the surrounding community.

In a statement this morning he said:

``Local communities need to be able to avail of legal help when facing the financial might of such wealthy businessmen as Harry Crosbie.

``There is an onus on the government to ensure that the civil and democratic rights of locals, rather than the financial might of developers, predominate in any considerations on the planning agenda. My constituents have made it clear they do not want to feel they are living in the black hills of Dakota.''

``While Councillor Burke welcomed the decision to downgrade parking spaces from 6,500 to 2,000 in Mayor Street, he also called on CIE to provide a blueprint for the transportation needs of the community, especially in light of incipient development.

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