‘Ambitious’ city plans subject of debate at recent council meeting

by Rachel Darcy

The proposed Dublin Agreement was debated by all parties in Dublin City Council on Monday evening, with a majority of those in attendance agreeing with the agreement’s contents.

The 11-page document is a list of policies and measures that the current council wish to have implemented over their five-year term in office, as previously reported in Dublin Gazette.

The agreement was first discussed at council level this week in a cross-party debate.

‘Ambitious’

“The agreement is ambitious for the city. We all have a mandate to represent our communities and we all take it seriously,” said Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick (FF) who opened the floor on Monday night’s discussion.

She added: “The agreement sets out objectives – there’s more than 140 at the moment – and what we see as being the priorities for the city.”

Cllr Fitzpatrick also said that the group of representatives from the four co-signing parties have met with the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council, Owen Keegan, and the senior team to agree a template to work through the agreement over the next five years.

The Green Party, Fianna Fail, Social Democrats and Labour have all formally signed up to the agreement thus far.

“[The Dublin Agreement] is a living document – it sets out a vision of where we would like the city to be,” said the Green Party’s Patrick Costello, saying that his constituents are excited about the agreement.

The discussion turned to the funding of aspects of the agreement, with Cllr James Geoghegan (FG) reminding the chamber that only one aspect of the agreement – the re-municipalisation of waste – has a cost attached thus far.

‘Report’

He said: “Almost directly after the Dublin Agreement was provided to The Irish Times, within about ten minutes we received a report from city management.

“They estimated the cost for that particular pledge to be €150 million over the lifetime of the Dublin Agreement.

“That really just puts to pen exactly how aspirational the document is before us.”

Speaking on where finance for the plan would come from, Cllr Rebecca Moynihan (Lab) asked councillors to consider not cutting the Local Property Tax this year.

Cllr Moynihan said: “If we want to see improvements in the city, if we want to leverage the power we have, we need to take some of those difficult decisions that may seem politically unpopular, but probably aren’t, and we have an opportunity to do that.

“This agreement is not for the next year. This agreement and the points in it are how we’re going to develop over the next five years.”

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