Sinéad Gibney, the Social Democrats’ Dublin candidate in the European Elections, believes that the new taskforce announced for the capital must take its lead from other European cities that have got it right.

“The Government’s belated recognition that Dublin needs a dedicated taskforce must be matched with decisive action to address the many issues facing our city.

“For almost two years, Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon has been calling for a Taoiseach-led taskforce to coordinate a multi-agency approach to solve Dublin’s problems. It’s just a pity that Fine Gael are only taking his proposal on board in the dying months of this Government.

“The new taskforce for Dublin needs to be clear on what the vision for our capital city should look like.

“Tackling crime, anti-social behaviour, dereliction, homelessness and addiction, as well as the lack of sustainable transport options, must be clear priorities in order to encourage Dubliners and visitors to experience our city at its best.

“A recent conference of the European Forum for Urban Security discussed the need for democracy at local level to help develop sustainable, safe cities. This new taskforce should include the voices of our citizens, who know our city best and badly need reasons to fall in love with Dublin again.

“It is also crucial that the taskforce is properly resourced so all of its recommendations can be implemented in full.

“This must be more than just a talking shop. Dublin’s issues are urgent and deserve a radical, actionable plan to deliver immediate improvements and reverse the effects of decades of neglect.”

May 7, 2024

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