June 2-14 334Cllr Paul Donnelly has said that Sinn Féin will oppose another attempt by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour to shut out people from committee chairs at this coming Monday’s council meeting.


Cllr Donnelly said “The Sinn Féin group will not stand by and allow the cosy consensus that has existed on this council for many years to ride roughshod over local government legislation that ensures proportionality and fairness in relation to Special Policy Groups.

“At our last meeting Mayor Cllr Mags Murray tried to push through a vote which is clearly against the guidelines set out in the local government legislation.  The matter was adjourned until Monday 23rd June where we believe another attempt will be made to ignore the guidelines by Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fail and some independents who have formed a majority on the council.

“Sinn Féin have sought legal advice and it is very clear that the council must follow the guidelines and allow for the formation of technical groups to vote for their choice of Chairperson of the SPG’s.

“The Sinn Féin team had proposed a system to ensure openness, transparency and fairness and we will fight to ensure that this the way this council will operate for the next 5 years.


  1. Zoe Nelson says:

    I am not a supporter of FG/FF/Lab or the three Independents involved but surely
    a “guideline” is simply just that, something to guide not govern procedures. I would advise a more a ‘negotiation’ approach to the current dilemma rather than “fighting” as state in your article above ….otherwse its going to be a long 5 years for all involved

    • Hi Zoe, Thank you for your comment. Indeed we had tried to work it out on the basis of fairness and equity however that does take two sides. On the issue of a guideline, technically you are correct however it does have to be taken in its entirety as there is also a section that the council “shall” comply with the guidelines. This means that there the sharing of the positions is mandatory however the interpretation of what is fair and what is not is apparently open.
      As Sinn Féin is joint second largest party we should have got the second or third choice for SPC however the majority swung in together to ensure Labour, who have four seats got the housing SPC.

      We will ensure we support measure that enhance the lives of our citizens in Fingal and we will oppose and fight measures that we believe do not.

      Again thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated.

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