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.”