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The people of Offaly and North Tipperary cannot face another five years of the same – Nolan

6 May, 2016


Speaking in the Dáil yesterday evening as the new Government was announced, Sinn Féin TD for Offaly and North Tipperary has said that the people of Offaly and North Tipperary have been failed by the policies of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and cannot face another five years of the same.

Deputy Nolan said:

“The people of my constituency in Offaly and North Tipperary have been let down by the failed politics of austerity introduced by Fianna Fáil which were implemented with enthusiasm and arrogance, by Fine Gael.

 “I have been contacted by a family who are due to be evicted on foot of a repossession order by the bank within the next month with the result that a mother and her three children with special needs are facing homelessness.

“I am involved in an ongoing battle to protect five families in the south of county Offaly, who are facing eviction in the middle of this month.

“I have been contacted by a constituent to advise me that she received notification that the respite care services in Birr have been cancelled at short notice for the next two weeks allegedly due to staffing shortages.

 “Children with disabilities in County Laois and Offaly are facing a three year backlog in referrals and assessments and interventions by a psychologist due to delays in recruitment of the psychologist post for children, while the school age team is not yet in operation.

“These are the real stories, from real families and communities who have been left to suffer, while this farce has dragged on for 70 days. This is the real legacy of the failed politics of both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

“The people of Offaly and North Tipperary cannot face another five years of the same and I want to assure members of the incoming Government that I will do all in my power to work constructively with them to deliver the change that is needed and to address these issues.

“However, I also want to assure them that I, along with my Sinn Féin colleagues, will provide a robust opposition and will hold both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to account in delivering on the issues that affect our communities. The people of Offaly and North Tipperary deserve no less.”

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