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Party members 'deeply regret' Daly resignation

DUBLIN FINGAL BRANCH DISAPPOINTED

JOHN MANNING

Published 11/09/2012 | 17:10

Clare Daly TD with Mick Wallace.

THE SOCIALIST Party in Dublin North (now Dublin Fingal) said it 'deeply regrets' the decision of Clare Daly TD to resign her membership after 25 years campaigning with the party.

Balbriggan SP town councillor, Terry Kelleher, said her resignation was 'extremely disappointing'. He added: 'Clare has been a great fighter for workers and communities over many years. She has a huge track record. 'She and the local party fought rezonings, water charges, bin taxes, against mobile phone masts, management fees, pyrite and on a huge range of local and national issues.' Cllr Kelleher said the split was over Deputy Daly's support for Mick Wallace TD, something that Daly denies, saying she left the part to build the United Left Alliance. Cllr Kelleher said: 'Her decision to leave over support for developer, Mick Wallace, after his tax evasion came to light has saddened SP members and supporters thoughout Dublin North. 'The core disagreement has been Clare's refusal to have clear political distance from Wallace over several months. This has damaged Clare's reputation and been raised on the doorsteps with party activists. 'It's not acceptable for a tax-evading developer to get any support from a socialist. 'Unfortunately, Clare did not accept this and chose to resign before further discussions took place.' He added: 'That Mick Wallace should have no involvement in it has been overwhelmingly agreed in the campaign against household and water taxes, with Clare in a tiny minority opposing this at a major meeting of the campaign last week.' Swords Councillor, Eugene Coppinger, replaced Deputy Daly on Fingal Council. He said the Socialist party would be organising meetings with not only members, but also supporters, to discuss this issue. In relation to the future of the party in the constituency, Cllr Coppinger said that the branches in Dublin North regretted Clare's resignation but were fully behind and determined to build the party to fight austerity, health cuts, council cuts and home taxes. He said: 'This Government is continuing the onslaught on our living conditions in order to bail out the banks and the system. 'The Socialist Party and the United Left Alliance which we initiated and to which we are fully committed will fight austerity and point the need for an alternative to it. ' The Socialist Party itself has a huge base of support in Dublin North, as seen by the votes given not just to Clare, but also to Joe Higgins and Ruth Coppinger in recent general and by-elections when part of the constituency was in Dublin West.'

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