The Sinn Féin Councillor said;
"Sinn Féin has called for reform of our electoral system and an overhaul of local government . However, reform without power is like having a guard dog without any teeth - useless. Democracy is best served as close to the people as possible. Minister Phil Hogan has swept local democracy away from the people by closing down 80 Town councils, and using the new district councils as mere tax collectors for central Government."
"Local government's sole purpose is to serve the interests of the local citizens and to make sure all areas are treated equally. Sinn Féin has consistently called for radical reform to allow the devolution of powers from central government to local councils so that they may serve a fruitful purpose."
"Losing local Town Councils cannot be hailed as reform when the price to pay is the destruction of local democracy on a scale never witnessed before or since the foundation of this state. Somehow I don't think this Government will go down in history as the great reformers of the 21st. century."