07/04/2016

Quinn Slams FF And FG For Not Addressing Housing And Policing Issues

Sinn Féin Cllr Malachy Quinn has slammed Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for not addressing the housing and policing crisis' in the midst of their "political power play".

The Dáil met yesterday, 06 April for the third time since the general election in a bid to establish a new Taoiseach.

However, neither Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny or Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin secured enough support for the position.

It is understood Mr Kenny has asked Mr Martin to join him in government as an equal partner.

However, Cllr Quinn has criticised the two parties for 'playing politics' rather than dealing with housing and policing issues 'as a priority'.

"What we are witnessing is a political power play between these two parties whilst Fingal's housing crisis worsens and Garda man hours come under enormous pressure," he said.

"For a consecutive year the issue of Rural Crime across the towns of Fingal had been to the forefront of the recent Fingal Joint Policing Meeting held in Balbriggan.

"That is not good enough for the thousands on the Housing list in the County or the residents who find themselves the victims of crime due to the consistent lack of investment by the previous two Governments in Garda resources.

"Regardless of any of the political gamesmanship over the past week it is imperative that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael respect their mandate and work to address the issues of Fingal as well as the State."

(LM)

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