Sinn Féin highlights youth unemployment in South Dublin Budget

Speaking following the passing of the South Dublin County Council annual budget 2015, Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure and Mayor of South Dublin County Fintan Warfield has welcomed the half a million euro in funding to tackle local unemployment.

Mayor Warfield said;

“South Dublin has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country. Almost 30% of under 25’s are out of work. Many more are not in education or training. Every day hundreds of young people emigrate.

Mayor Warfield to take 10% wage cut and to divert money to local organisations

The Mayor of South Dublin, Sinn Féin Councillor Fintan Warfield has today announced a 10% cut to his Mayoral salary.

The money will be taken at source and diverted to three organisations, each within the priority areas set out by Mayor Warfield when taking office in June 2014.

Mayor Warfield said;

“Ireland has a growing gap between the haves and have-nots. In an attempt to highlight excessive wages in the political establishment, I’m taking a pay cut of 10% to my €30,000 Mayoral salary.

Mayor Warfield welcomes the Draft Council Budget 2015

Ahead of Thursday’s meeting of South Dublin County Council, Mayor Fintan Warfield welcomed the Draft Annual South Dublin County Council Budget for 2015.

Mayor Warfield said;

“Council Budget 2015 is a hugely positive budget and reflects the mandate received by Sinn Féin Councillors in the Local Elections last May.

Greenhills & Walkinstown send message that water charges are a step too far

Mayor of South Dublin and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure Fintan Warfield has said that the people of Greenhills and Walkinstown have now sent this government the loudest message to date that water charges are a step too far.

Speaking following the march from Greenhills Church to the Walkinstown roundabout, Mayor Warfield said;

“People from every community throughout the state, have come out in their droves in support of the Right 2 Water demonstrations today.

South Dublin Mayor launches ‘Ask the Mayor stuff’ Tumblr blog

The Mayor of South Dublin County Fintan Warfield has launched a new Tumblr blog in an attempt to make the office of Mayor more accessible and afford young people an opportunity to engage with the political process through the option of anonymous questions.

Mayor Warfield said;

“I regularly ask myself whether the political system is truly representative of the community it serves.

CAB money must go back into communities devastated by drugs

Following the publication of the Criminal Assets Bureau annual report today, Mayor Fintan Warfield has called on the Government to release the millions of euro secured by CAB last year, into communities directly affected by the drugs crisis.

Speaking following the launch of a new initiative by the Tallaght Rehabilitation Project in Jobstowns’ Kiltalown House this morning, Mayor Warfield said;

“It is high time for the Government to amend the Proceeds of Crime Acts and finally ensure that monies seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau go back in to communities worst affected by drugs.

Sinn Féin proposal to reduce property tax wins council support

At the September meeting of South Dublin County Council, Mayor Fintan Warfield proposed a reduction of 15% in the property tax for residents across South Dublin.

Proposing the reduction, Fintan Warfield said:

“Families will not accept talk of a recovery unless they see evidence of that recovery in their daily lives.

A fairer system is required to tackle rising rents

Mayor of South Dublin County Council and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure, Fintan Warfield has called on central government to consider the implementation of rent controls, taking into account the ongoing rise of rents in South Dublin County Council and further afield.

Mayor Warfield said;

“Following a report by the Private Residential Tenancies Board, there is an immediate need for a fairer system of rent regulation.

South Dublin should be in the best possible position when funding becomes available for social homes

Speaking ahead of a vote on a motion submitted for the September meeting of South Dublin County Council, Mayor Warfield has said that he hopes to see South Dublin left in the best possible position when funding becomes available for the building of social homes.

The Mayors business ahead of the September meeting of South Dublin County Council includes a motion calling on Council Management to bring forward part eight proposals for the development of another 240 social housing units, bringing to 500, the number of ready to build, social homes.

People with intellectual disabilities must be protected in Budget

Mayor of South County Dublin and Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure, Fintan Warfield, has today called on Government to address the growing gap between the need for supports for people with intellectual disabilities and the resources available to meet them.

“Over the last seven years, disability organisations have faced substantial budget cuts, resulting in a reduction of over 20% of funding to date.

“In Templeogue, Cheeverstown service providers work tirelessly, making every effort to protect essential services with reduced resources and building towards a future which respects the contribution made by all members of our community.

Dublin Bus must address black-spot in Rathfarnham

The Sinn Féin team in South Dublin County Council have this morning called on Dublin Bus to address the lack of service being provided to residents living in the Butterfield area of Rathfarnham.

Speaking following a submission to Dublin Bus, Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Fintan Warfield said;

“Under the guise of Project Network Direct, Dublin Bus recently re-routed the 15b bus service, creating a public transport black-spot in a section of Rathfarnham.

Letter to the Archdiocese regarding Greenhills school amalgamation

To whom it may concern,

I recently received contact from the Parents Association of St. Peter’s BNS, Greenhills and countless phone calls from individual parents of students in the school. The Association stressed their disappointment and frustration with the ongoing process of amalgamation of Greenhills schools.

The Association were recently given one hour to raise any questions and concerns, none of which were answered. They also requested that a survey be carried out, with no response to date.

Mayor attends opening of innovative Clondalkin housing development

Valhalla, an independent living scheme, was officially opened on Thursday 17th July by Paudie Coffey TD, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in the presence of the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr. Fintan Warfield.

This development is a joint initiative between Clanmil Housing Association Ireland and South Dublin County Council.

Valhalla, located at Watery Lane, Clondalkin, provides homes for tenants with disabilities and able bodied tenants with care and support provided to individuals in their own homes as required.

Sinn Féin committed to property tax cut in South Dublin

Mayor of South Dublin County Fintan Warfield has welcomed South Dublin County Council’s commitment to reducing the Local Property Tax by 15%.

Speaking during this weeks County Councillor debate, Warfield said:

“Sinn Féin opposes the government’s property tax. It puts an unjust tax burden on middle and low-income households.

Sinn Féin Councillors call on Israel to immediately cease indiscriminate attacks on Gaza

Sinn Féin’s Dublin Councillors will be delivering a letter to the Israeli Ambassador today at 1pm at the Israeli Embassy in opposition to the ongoing slaughter of innocent civilians in Gaza by the state of Israel.

Speaking on behalf of the Sinn Féin team, Councillor Chris Andrews said:

“Sinn Féin is utterly opposed to the indiscriminate slaughter taking place in Gaza.