PRESS RELEASE: MONDAY JULY 10TH 2017
Emergency Motion Calls on Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan to Withdraw Council Staff from DublinTown Board
An Emergency Motion has been brought before Dublin City Council calling on the CEO Owen Keegan to withdraw DCC staff from the DublinTown Board. This is to allow due process in any investigation the Council may have to carry out as a result of complaints made to the Council by DublinTown CEO Richard Guiney about Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn.
An official complaint was made by Mr Guiney to Dublin City Council on Friday regarding Councillor Flynn, who is heavily involved in the No to BID Campaign.
Commenting on this, No to BID Campaign spokesperson Kim Condon said; ‘’we were alarmed to hear about the complaint in the first place. Even more alarming was that Councillor Flynn first heard about the complaint when a member of the media contacted him about it on Friday. This would suggest that officials in Dublin City Council or in DublinTown have been selectively leaking information to the media as part of their dirty tricks campaign to discredit our group. We are calling on Owen Keegan to investigate immediately and for DCC staff to withdraw from the board of DublinTown to allow due process in the investigation.’’
Ms Condon went on to say; ‘’the No to BID Campaign is having a surge in momentum and we have received a huge increase in support. It is clear to me that DublinTown is in trouble and chose to engage in this stunt as it is in the dying days of its reign.’’
The Emergency Motion, brought to the DCC South East Area Committee, will be heard today (Monday 10th July) and has been tabled by Councillor Flynn.
DublinTown (formerly Dublin BID) is a company which was set up in 2008 following a vote of Dublin city centre businesses. It is charged with improving Dublin City as a commercial district. Businesses in the district pay a compulsory levy of 5% of their commercial rates. DublinTown is renewed every five years by a vote of businesses in the district. The vote this year is overshadowed by a groundswell of anger and mistrust from businesses, a proposed increase to the levy and highly-contested footfall figures.
Paul Allen & Associates,
18 Fitzwilliam Square South,
If your business has not received a ballot paper for the BID/Dublintown plebiscite please see instructions below from Dublin City Council on how to have your ballot reissued.
Subject: Ballot Question
Dear Cllr Flynn
All 3001 Ballots were posted on the 20th of April to the Billing Addresses of the Ratepayers. A small no of Ballots were returned to us as An Post could not deliver to the address listed with the Rates Office. The Rates Office hand delivered these returned ballots when possible to the billing address of the ratepayers concerned. As you know in many cases the billing address is different than the rateable property. Other times the Ballots were delivered correctly but went elsewhere within the companies concerned or a change of billing address had not been notified to the Rates Office.
Please ask Mr. or _ and any other eligible ratepayer who has an issue with a ballot to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if he has not received his Ballot and we will either confirm the billing address on file so that the Ballot can be retrieved or issue a duplicate ballot. Mr will confirm that the Ballots were delivered correctly to his billing address.
The process for the issuing of a duplicate ballot if the ratepayer can confirm non-delivery is as follows:
- A signed letter from the ratepayer on Business Paper (or other business documentation) stating that ballot papers have not been received for the properties in question and requesting a Duplicate Ballot.
- On receipt of this letter which can be posted, hand delivered to the Chief Executive’s Department or scanned and emailed to email@example.com , a duplicate ballot will be issued.
- The Duplicate must be collected from the Chief Executive’s Department Block 4, Floor 4 Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
- Once a Duplicate Ballot is issued the original Ballot paper becomes invalid and will not be counted if returned.
- Please state in the letter who is authorized to collect the Ballot. That individual should have photo ID
We will only deal with the ratepayer themselves on any inquiry regarding their ballot.
Deirdre Ní Raghallaigh
Senior Executive Officer / Oifigeach Feidhmiúcháin Sinsearach
- 01 222 6738 M: 0868150582 E.Deirdre.firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Executive’s Office, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, D.8
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