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Rate Set to Protect Public Services Across Newry Mourne & Down – Cllr. Ó Muirí

Councillor Barra Ó Muirí, Group Leader for Sinn Féin on Newry Mourne & Down Council has commented on the striking of the District Rate of 1.95%.

“Sinn Féin’s priority in the striking of the rate has been to protect and improve public services, and to strike a fair rate for workers and families. 

“Last year all councillors agreed to set a three year budget plan. This would allow us to best use ratepayer’s money and to plan Council finances more effectively. 

“This is the second year of this process and it has helped us deliver a fair and consistent approach for ratepayers.”

Cllr Ó Muirí said, 

“We know times are challenging for workers, families and businesses across the District. That is why I was happy to propose this fair rate for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council on behalf of the Sinn Féin group.

“We believe this rate strikes the right balance between protecting our high quality front line services, investing in our future and where possible reducing costs to take pressure off the ratepayer.

“This has been another challenging year for all with the continued impact of COVID-19 and public health restrictions.

“I welcome the financial support provided by Sinn Féin Ministers Deirdre Hargey and Conor Murphy which has been used to help mitigate the economic impact of Covid and keep the rate fair. This is part of Sinn Féin’s commitment to standing up for workers and families across the north. 

“Sinn Féin has rigorously scrutinised Council finances to ensure public money is managed correctly. There are exciting times ahead for our District. As we grow out of Covid Sinn Féin’s priority will be to advance key capital projects, protect and create jobs and improve front line services.”

The Sinn Féin Councillor concluded: “Sinn Féin believe it is vital that all parties work together for the benefit of the ratepayers and local businesses, now more than ever, as we grow out of Covid and look to the future development of our district.” 

ENDS/CRÍOCH

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