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Keaveney talking out of both sides of his mouth on Shortall resignation – Ó Clochartaigh

27 September, 2012 - by Trevor Ó Clochartaigh


Galway Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has criticised Labour Party chair Colm Keaveney for comments he made this morning regarding the resignation of Roisin Shortall.

In an interview Deputy Keaveney stated that he could “see the rationale” for the controversial inclusion of two new primary care centres in Minister Reilly’s constituency.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh also accused Deputy Keaveney of talking out of both sides of his mouth on the issue.

Speaking from the Ploughing Championships in New Ross this morning Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“Deputy Keaveney is talking out of both sides of his mouth on this issue. On the one hand he claims to support Roisin Shortall while at the same time apparently supporting the actions of the Minister for Health.

“His assertion that he could “see the rationale” for the inclusion of two new primary care centres in the Minister’s constituency beggars belief, particularly when the Minister has refused to publish the criteria on which this selection was based.

“Clearly it is Minister Reilly and his cuts regime who should be going, rather than a junior Minister. Deputy Keaveney and his Labour Party colleagues know this.

“Obviously the party is in disarray. This was clearly seen in the Seanad last night when the government had to implore independent senators to withdraw a motion on palliative care for children lest they vote against it.

“The government is putting politics before people. If the Labour Party truly represents ordinary working people as they claim to do they would stop the swingeing cutbacks that have been put in place in the health service and across the public sector. Instead what we have is Deputy Keaveney and his colleagues shoring up support for a health minister who continues to run the health service into the ground.”

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