FG Government 'a sinking ship irrespective of captain at the helm' – O’Reilly

By   /  February 18, 2017  /  Comments Off on FG Government 'a sinking ship irrespective of captain at the helm' – O’Reilly

    Print       Email

MIL OSI United Kingdom

Source: Sinn Féin

Headline: FG Government ‘a sinking ship irrespective of captain at the helm’ – O’Reilly

17 February, 2017 – by Louise O’Reilly TD

Sinn Féin
Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the Fine Gael Government
is a sinking ship irrespective of the captain at the helm, highlighting that
the media hype around the internal Fine Gael leadership row is deflecting from
the crises in health that are gripping people’s lives in real life.
Deputy O’Reilly
said:
“The Fine Gael
Government is a sinking ship irrespective of the captain at the helm. Media and
public concentration on who will take over from Enda Kenny whenever he signals
his intent to step down is deflecting from the real, pressing issues of the
present; waiting lists, trolley crises and serious under capacity in our health
service.
“The real and
clear fact is that while the deck chairs may move in Government, the same failed
policies will remain. We will have a new Taoiseach who will be equally as
complicit in the scandals and crises that have gripped the health service;
indeed, one potential candidate according to media reports is the Minister for
Health himself.
“The media
circus around the Fine Gael leadership is playing into their hands as they do
not have to be held account for the crises they are governing over. Questions
are not being asked of patients languishing in pain waiting for hospital
appointments, why emergency departments are stretched to overcapacity or why
our medical professionals are being forced into industrial action. 
“We have a perpetual
health crisis and one which is being neglected because of political posturing
and grandstanding. We are lurching from crisis to crisis weekly- from
overcrowded A&Es to cancelled surgeries. It is all inextricably linked. We
need to stop the public charade of pretending that a new Taoiseach and Fine
Gael leader will change anything and remember that it is only when this Government
is removed in its entirety that change may occur and that does not mean going
back to the default position of Fianna Fáil, who themselves laid the
foundations for the crises that we see.” 

    Print       Email