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Sinn Féin Call for Estates to be Taken in Charge by Council

Published: 28 April, 2014

Cathal O'Reilly with Sinn Féin EU candidate Liadh Ní Riada

Cathal O'Reilly with Sinn Féin EU candidate Liadh Ní Riada

Cathal O'Reilly, Sinn Féin's Ennis candidate in the forthcoming local elections, has said estate management has been one of the issues most often raised by people on the doorsteps. Mr. O'Reilly told us the taking in charge of estates by council needs to be speeded up. He also said work in estates currently in charge need to be done as a matter of urgency.

"People have paid a lot of money for their houses and now have to pay the unjust property tax as well. That's disgraceful. The property tax will be scrapped by my party when we are in government. It is galling for people to have to pay but still not receive proper services. Grass cutting in particular needs to be done. Residents are presently paying out of their own pockets. It is not acceptable for the council to decide on a policy of not doing it. I will certainly be looking at that if elected. In the meantime there is a grant system in place to help pay for grass cutting in estates. Residents should draw down that grant money from the council."

"The council also need to look at the taking in charge of estates. Many estates in Ennis have significant problems that need to be addressed, such as unfinished roads and footpaths, inadequate lighting etc. The council received a bond from the developers of these estates. That bond money should be used to fix these problems. I met residents who didn't know that they can apply to have their estate taken in charge by the council. I hope they will now do so".