For Local People

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This afternoon.

Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2

The launch of the Labour Party’s Local Election Manifesto with above, from left: Fingal councillor Duncan Smith, Labour Party leader  Brendan Howlin and Dublin City Councillors Dermot Lacey, Alison Gilliand and  Mary Freehil.

Mr Howlin said:

“I hope people will look at real issues in this campaign instead of those not in the competence of local authorities, because some councils instead of doing the business of the local community are trying to do the business of the United Nations,” he said.

“What people are telling me is, where there used to be Labour councillors and aren’t anymore, we’re missed.”

Cllr Lacey said::

“We spent several hours [at Dublin city council] discussing whether we fly the Palestinian flag over Dublin city hall. On another occasion we called in the Spanish ambassador to tell them off over what is happening in Catalonia.”

Howlin accuses rival left-wing parties of acting like part of ‘the United Nations’ (Irish Examiner)

Meanwhile

Stop that.

Rowdy ‘leftists’.

Rollingnews

17 thoughts on “For Local People

  1. Cian

    Bulk of local election candidates seem to think they’re running for the Dáil with what they claim. One loon (independent, perennial candidate, never elected) had an ad in the local rag listing what he’d “deliver” as including reinstating the 8th and removing property tax.

    People need to realise what little they can actually do.

    1. Rob_G

      Dermot Lacey is wrong on some things, 100% right here – imagine councillors, in the midst of a homeless crisis, wasting their time on things that they have no legislative power over (Catalonia, Palestine, the Eurovision Song Contest), at the expense of areas where they do have some control over (homeless services, provision of social housing).

  2. Cian

    He’s not wrong.

    A lot of the election materials I have run have been promising things outside the remit of the council – or contradictory items (both cut LPT and increase services)

      1. Cian

        In fairness to Shakeel he has a list of things he will try.
        One of these is to “look into derelict and vacant properties and work […] to have those properties made available for rent or be used as social accommodation.”
        Improving existing derelict/vacant properties should be cheaper than buying new – so he could do both – provide cheap housing and keep LPT low.

  3. Eoineyo

    The only group of people that at the very sight of them or their logo gets my stress levels shooting up.
    Absolute hypocrites the very essence of slimy politicians who think working class is an ideology that is thought in university and so long as the message is said in the right way it does not matter what your actions are.
    I didn’t swear once, go me!

    1. bisted

      …go Eoineyo…still sore I was taken in by this shower…sometimes I swear…most times I puke…

  4. PaddyM

    “We spent several hours [at Dublin city council] discussing whether we fly the Palestinian flag over Dublin city hall. On another occasion we called in the Spanish ambassador to tell them off over what is happening in Catalonia.”

    Tedious and irrelevant to the lives of ordinary people all this stuff undoubtedly is, but it was Labour’s cynicism and their willingness to poo all over ordinary people that enabled the Trots and other muppets in the first place (who can forget Pat Rabbitte’s immortal line “well, isn’t that what you *say* in an election?”).

    Now PFO, Labour. We’ll let you know when – if ever – we forgive you.

    1. Cú Chulainn

      I was thinking they might be forgiven. Time heals and all that. But they’re gone. Simple as that. Joan and Alan killed them off. A sad end.

      1. Andrew

        It’s bizarre that a core of at least 25% are prepared to vote Fianna Faíl but Labour are scraping around for a few percentages. You do wonder what their strategy is to improve things. Brendan Howlin has been anonymous.

      2. PaddyM

        Stitching up the leadership for someone whose role had been that of Fine Gael’s supine mini-me in government finished them off. Kelly – obnoxious though he is – would at least have had more energy and might have gotten them more attention (although whether that would have been a positive or not would be another question).

        It says volumes that the one local electoral area in Dublin where Labour were unable to find any candidate to stand this month is… Tallaght South, one of the most working-class areas in the country, and one where Labour held two seats out of five in 2009.

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