Speaking at Leinster House today Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said his party has prepared legislation to restore discretionary medical cards to those who have had them taken away.
Deputy Adams said;
“Friday’s elections and the subsequent resignation of the Labour Party Leader, Eamon Gilmore, have contributed further to the destabilization of a Government that is now in crisis.
“The people were given a choice in this election and they chose to reject relentless austerity, taking medical cards from citizens, including children who need them, water taxes and the family home tax.
“They have told the Government that it is on borrowed time.
“In the immediate run up to polling day we witnessed an unprecedented level of contriteness from Government Ministers.
“Following a full year of mounting evidence a homeless crisis, it took pending elections and a public warning from Fr Peter McVerry, for Jan O’Sullivan to acknowledge the housing problem. The response has been entirely inadequate.
“And then, four days before polling Michael Noonan said that ‘the approach to the review of medical cards will have to be changed’.
“We don't need a review of the disgraceful policy of taking Medical cards from those, including children, who need them. That policy simply needs to be ended.
“Sinn Féin has prepared legislation to restore discretionary medical cards to those who have had them taken away. Our party spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin will move this legislation but that should not be necessary, the government should do the decent thing and restore these medical cards immediately.”