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Council projects worth millions under threat

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By Councillor Clare Daly

FINGAL COUNCIL’S 2009 Capital Programme could be cut by .55 million following a financial directive from the Department of the Environment that prohibits the Council from using its full reserve fund of developers’ levies. This insane advice from the government directs that “expenditure is funded from income received or due within the year” and would mean that only existing works which have contracts can go ahead.

Having cut the Council’s funding already by 7%, the government is now preventing Fingal from spending money contributed by people when they bought their houses during the development boom.

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Local elections 2009 – Vote Socialist Party on 5 June

By Matt Waine

MANY PEOPLE will look to the local and European elections on 5 June to punish the Fianna Fail/Green Party government. The Socialist Party is standing in the local and European elections to offer working people a real alternative to job losses, wage cuts and the running down of our public services like health and education. Our candidates have a record that is second to none in fighting for the interests of workers and their communities.

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Links

Socialist Party in Northern Ireland – www.socialistpartyni.net Joe Higgins TD – www.joehiggins.ie Paul Murphy MEP – www.paulmurphymep.eu International Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) – www.socialistworld.net Socialist Party in England and Wales – www.socialistparty.org.uk Socialism Today, political magazine of the Socialist Party in England and Wales – www.socialismtoday.org Marxist Theory Introduction to Socialism Website – www.socialism.org.uk CWI Marxist resource site – www.marxist.net ...

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public meeting: Drynam Hall

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As the economic crisis worsens and following the emergency budget at the beginning of the month the urgency to address the issue of Management Companies remains very high. The majority of residents object to paying the charge as a matter of principle. Now with rising direct & indirect taxes, pay cuts and job losses many more cannot afford to pay!. It is ...

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Brian Greene Budget comment

‘Fairness must be the cornerstone of all our efforts to achieve economic renewal,’ so said Finance Minister Brian Lenihan in his Budget Speech.  A monstrous political lie because he went on to announce the most unfair, savage and immoral Budget in the history of the State. With rising unemployment, the slashing of the jobseekers allowance by €100 per week is a vicious attack on young ...

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mobile phone mast halted in Bayside!

QUICK ACTION by residents in Bayside Square resulted in Fingal County Council being forced to move to prevent an application for a mobile phone mast by Threefold on the roof of the Squash & Leisure Building as exempted development, as the building contains a creche.

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Golden Circle Developers leave D15 high & dry

By Councillor Ruth Coppinger

IMAGINE THOUSANDS of houses left bereft of schools, open space or a community centre for years. Imagine green areas, playgrounds, parks and pitches left unfinished and/or withheld from residents for years while builders move on happily to their next profitable project. 

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Rivermeade residents wage war to defend the 40B bus

By Michael Murphy

RESIDENTS IN Rivermeade  in North Dublin have engaged in a determined battle to hold on to the 40B Toberbu

rr route as a direct bus from the estate into the city centre. Dublin Bus announced that the route, which has been in place for decades, would be axed as part of their plans to cut 120 buses and 160 drivers.

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Budget to hit workers & poor

By Fiona O’Loughlin

REFLECTING THE scale of the economic crisis the government is to introduce a second budget that will contain €4.5 billion of new taxes and spending cuts. The latest exchequer figures show a potential tax shortfall of a further €3 billion and a shortfall in funding for government departments of up to €1.5 billion. If anything these projections will be an underestimation of the decline in the governments finances.

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Socialist Party proposals for Local Election Socialist Alliance

The Socialist Party has been in discussion with others on the left with a view to forming an Electoral Alliance for the Local Elections which will take place in June 2009. These discussions have been publicly carried in the pages of our paper "the Socialist" and on this website. The Socialist Party has put forward a very positive proposal for a local election slate of candidates. It is important the slate would field credible candiates with a record in the their area that there is political agreement with the programme of the slate which will flow from discussions. We feel these issues among others mentioned in the material below are extremley important if we are to get aggreement. This is why in these proposals we have provided fuller elaboration of our position in an open, honest and constructive manner we hope that other groups will respond in kind.

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