Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the government’s first-time buyers scheme is fundamentally flawed, will drive up house prices and should be scrapped.
Teachta Doherty said reported changes to the scheme cannot change the fact that it can only drive house prices up.
Speaking this evening he said;
“The scheme announced by the government in last week’s budget is fundamentally flawed as is Fianna Fáil’s version of this scheme. Changes reported in the media this evening cannot change that.
“This scheme can only drive up house prices and it should be scrapped.
“Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are engaged in the failed boom and bust politics of the past and today’s announcement is more about the battle to claim credit for this flawed scheme than it is about helping young first time buyers.”
Speaking in the Dáil this evening on the need for increased funding for services and supports for people with Dementia and Alzheimers disease, Sinn Féin TD for Carlow/Kilkenny Kathleen Funchion said the lack of ring-fenced funding for dementia home-care in Budget 2017 is foolishly short-sighted.
Teachta Funchion outlined her party’s budget priorities to support people with dementia to remain in their homes with their carers.
Teachta Funchion said:
“International best practice recommends that dementia specific care should be domestic like and small scale with facilities catering for no more than about 10 people. Unfortunately, many facilities across this state fail to comply with those principles. Often, the preferable option as a result, is to live at home with one’s own family or relatives.
“We are told that government policy supports this approach. But cuts to home help, housing adaptation grants and cuts to carers’ supports do not echo. The reality is the consequences of those decisions have pushed families unwillingly into long-term residential care. This is wrong and needs to be reversed.
“Our party’s alternative budget proposals for 2017 identified housing adaptation as a measure to be further implemented for those with specific health needs. We committed to an increase of grant schemes by 50% through the allocation of an additional €15.75 million. This would particularly benefit people with dementia and their carers, and support the choice to remain living in their own homes.
“Ultimately, it is within the state’s interest to support this type of long term strategy – that invests in people being as self-sufficient and independent as possible, should that be their choice.
“Community-based care has the potential to reduce the number of older people requiring nursing home care which the state spends the bulk of its funding on.
“The lack of ring fenced funding for dementia home-care in Budget 2017 is foolishly short-sighted. We know that the majority of those 55,000 people affected by dementia prefer to live at home in familiar surroundings. They deserve to have that choice.
“Our party supports the call for adequate resources to ensure full implementation of the National Dementia Strategy and the development of a revised and reformed strategy that prioritises dementia.”
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD raised concerns about the level of consultancy fees paid out by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in recent years.
Teachta Munster was speaking at today’s meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport where representatives from transport trade unions were invited to discuss public transport and subvention levels.
Deputy Munster asked if the level of consultancy fees was due to a dearth of expertise within the NTA, especially within travel advisory services.
The Louth TD said;
“Given the extraordinary spend on consultants by the NTA, totalling over €14million in the past four and a half years, we have to ask questions about why in recent weeks Dublin Bus drivers had to take to picket lines to ensure that they received a fair level of pay. Meanwhile the NTA can spend extortionate fees to consultants, and appears to be doing its best to drive our Expressway service in to extinction.
“Questions need to be asked about the spend of the NTA particularly in light of exorbitant amounts spent on consultancy fees. Union representatives have stated that they wish to see all of the stakeholders, including the Minister for Transport, to meet together to discuss funding, subvention and future investment in public transport.
“It’s abundantly clear that the only plan that the government, the Minister and the NTA have at the moment is to reduce subvention, privatise our public transport network and the latest plan, to drive our national Expressway carrier into the hands of private operators.”
Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield today attended the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) march. Speaking afterwards Senator said that the message from students is loud and clear, they don’t want student loans.
Senator Warfield said:
“We have seen the disastrous consequences of student loans in every country in which they have been initiated. In the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, all have taken on massive national debt, and created mass indebtedness of our young people.
"Student loans are a sure-fire way to stifle the access of third level to our young people, saddling them with debt early in their careers.
"I commend the USI and Students’ Unions on marching today in their thousands. Sinn Féin support them fully in their call for publicly funded education, and our pre-budget alternative significantly increases public, state support for third level education, reducing the student contribution charge by €500.”
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking during Pre-European Council Statements in the Dáil this afternoon, has said the Taoiseach must address recent claims by the British Secretary of State James Brokenshire that the British government’s focus, in conjunction with the Irish government, is to move the British State’s frontline of immigration controls to Irish ports and airports.
Responding to remarks made by the Taoiseach during Leaders’ Questions yesterday in relation to the position of the Executive in the north, Teachta Adams said “it would be better if the Executive was united, but if the DUP refuse to agree with the rest of us, and more importantly, with the electorate, then the Taoiseach has to deal with that reality.
Teachta Adams said:
“Yesterday during Leaders’ Questions I noted the remarks of the British Secretary of State James Brokenshire, who on the 9th October said there is a ‘high level of collaboration on a joint programme of work’ between the Irish State and Britain.
“He said, ‘we have put in place a range of measures to further combat illegal migration working closely with the Irish government’, and also stated, ‘our focus is to strengthen the external border of the Common Travel Area, building on the strong collaboration with our Irish partners.’
“Yet the Dáil has hasn’t heard a whimper on this issue, not one word, and rather, we get this information from a British Minister
“In other words, what the Minister was claiming is that the British government is to move the frontline of immigration controls to Irish ports and airports to prevent illegal migration into the British State.
“This is clearly not feasible and I have made the point that I am not enamoured by the response of the Minister for Foreign Affairs to these claims.
“I asked the Taoiseach yesterday to comment and make a statement on the matter, but he refused to confirm or deny to the Dáil if such measures are being put in place. That’s totally and absolutely unacceptable.
“The Taoiseach also went off on a little diversion about the need to know what he is talking about in terms of the Executive in the north, saying ‘we are not going to get any specific or particular circumstances right unless we know’.
“He said ‘if there is a division of opinion about what the north wants, I cannot sort it unless there is a consensus and agreement on what the horizon or objective is on the part of the Executive in the north’. The Taoiseach knows as well as I do the Executive position.
“The fact is the DUP, and for that matter the British government, do not accept the democratic will of the people in the north. Sinn Féin does and other parties there do as well.
“Of course it would be better if the Executive was united, and if the DUP agreed with the rest of us, and more importantly, with the electorate, but they don’t and the Taoiseach has to deal with that reality, instead of trying to blame Sinn Féin.
“We should not give up on the DUP. Many unionists are very concerned about the economic consequences of Brexit, including DUP supporters.
“We all need to be reaching out to them, but we cannot ignore the result of the referendum and Sinn Féin is not for turning on this issue. The Taoiseach should not be for turning either.”
Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O’Neill has congratulated staff and volunteers of Age NI for their hard work and dedication.
The Health Minister was visiting Age NI’s Day Centre in Dungannon where she presented Age NI staff and volunteers with recognition awards for their long service with the charity.
She also met people who use the Centre and discussed a range of issues affecting older people.
Ms O’Neill said:
“Age NI staff and volunteers are to be congratulated for their years of dedication and hard work. Charities like Age NI, working in partnership with health and social care services, are crucial in making a positive impact on older peoples’ health and wellbeing.
“It’s important to incorporate a life-long approach to positive health and active ageing to meet the challenges facing our ageing population. These challenges require new and innovative ways of supporting our older people.
“I want to applaud Age NI for their ‘My Life My Way’ project which provides support to older people with dementia and their carers in the Belfast and Northern Trust areas. The project focuses on promoting the personal autonomy and decision making of older people with dementia that is isolated.”
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon welcomed the significant progress being made to support people west of the Bann into employment.
Speaking after a visit to the Social Investment Fund Work Ready West project in Enniskillen, the Junior Minster said:
"I saw how the project is helping people in Fermanagh, Omagh, Limavady and Strabane find permanent paid work.
“Supported with £2.2million of Executive funding, the project is providing 160 long-term unemployed people aged 24 and over with paid employment and training opportunities.
“Getting people into jobs is no easy task but the Work Ready West project has proved to be a real success.
“The project is delivering for local people and this investment is really making a difference.
“Already it has worked with 160 people, and delivered 112 full time and 48 part-time placements. As a result, 29 people are now employed or self-employed.
“It’s also more than just headline figures; families and the wider community are benefiting from the personal and professional development this initiative provides people with.”
The Minister added:
“Work Ready West is a great example of how local people, working in tandem with the Executive, can make a real and tangible difference for the better.
“The Executive has invested £80million to Social Investment Fund projects across the North and these are improving the skills, talents and opportunities many people need to reach their full potential. Together, we are improving people’s lives and making a better society for everyone in the North.”
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on the European Union to do more to assist the Basque peace process.
Speaking at an event at the European Parliament in Brussels organised by the Basque Friendship Group, Ms Anderson said;
"Ten years ago in October 2006 a declaration of support for the Basque resolution process was adopted by the European Parliament.
"It called upon the European institutions to support the Basque peace process and play an active role in its resolution.
"Ten years on that resolution remains in place. However, the EU has not done as much as it could to advance the peace process in line with the declaration passed by the parliament.
"The Basque conflict is the last of its kind in the EU and there is an onus on the European institutions to play a role in helping to resolve it."
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the news that Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is seeking a new report from the Gardaí in relation to undercover policing in Ireland by the British Metropolitan Police.
The Dublin MEP said
“While questions still remain around the content of the original 2011 Garda Report into the matter, hopefully this new report will help to clarify some of the details regarding the presence of British undercover police and their infiltration of Irish protest groups. However, Minister Fitzgerald is still an outlier among her counterparts in Germany, Scotland, and the North of Ireland who have all sought to be included in the Pitchford Inquiry established by Theresa May.
“Police in Germany, Scotland, and the North of Ireland have all insisted that they were completely unaware of the presence of British undercover police in their jurisdictions. However a Garda Report from 2011 seems to imply the opposite for Ireland and that the Gardaí were aware.
“Also in a Freedom of Information response I received from the Department of Justice, there is the suggestion that in some instances the Gardaí may actually seek assistance from undercover police from other jurisdictions.
“Could it be that Minister Fitzgerald’s refusal to seek the inclusion of Ireland or at the bare minimum to seek answers from British Prime Minister Theresa May is because not only did the Gardaí know of the presence of Mark Kennedy but that they may have in fact sought his assistance in monitoring Irish protest groups?
“If this is found to be the case, there are very serious questions to be asked of An Garda Síochána.”
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan, has said that students should not be forced to pay for the results of the economic crash caused by the policies pursued by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.
Teachta Nolan was speaking after attending a demonstration outside Leinster House by thousands of students from across the state.
Teachta Nolan said:
“Our students currently pay the second highest rate of fees in the EU and research indicates that many are forced into poverty as a result.
“Sinn Féin does not support placing a higher burden on lower and middle income households through the introduction of student loans.
“The economic policies pursued by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour have meant that there has been a huge decrease in funding for third level, which has now reached crisis point.
“Young people are our future and they should not be forced to pay for the mistakes of the past.
“Lumbering students with a mortgage type loan would be extremely unfair and would have an adverse impact on students and their families.
“There is clear evidence from other jurisdictions that the introduction of loans has failed miserably and has impacted on the most disadvantaged.
“It is also clear that the introduction of student loans will not address the immediate need for funding as it would take years to establish and would cost the state a significant sum.
“Furthermore, student loans may effectively force graduates to emigrate when they complete their studies in an attempt to avoid huge levels of debt.
“Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring that our third level education system is funded and we have put forward a €120 million package in our alternative budget that would help address the immediate needs of the sector.”
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today challenged the Taoiseach on the government’s appalling record on refugees and in particular its unwillingness to resettle refugees in this state. The Sinn Féin leader also questioned the government’s commitment to providing Overseas Aid.
Gerry Adams said:
“The crisis in refugees was brought home yesterday with the news that five people, including a child, were found inside a container in County Wexford. They are Kurdish citizens fleeing persecution and war and they are now seeking asylum here.
“In the Programme for Government the government states that it will ‘offer safe haven for refugees under EU and UN resettlement and relocation programmes, while promoting the integration of refugees in our communities’.
“In truth, there has been precious little evidence of the government providing a ‘safe haven’ in the last few years despite the huge crisis of refugees fleeing war and famine and poverty from the Middle East and north Africa.
“While our naval vessels have done a commendable job in the Mediterranean, saving thousands of lives, the government has not lived up to the commitments it entered into on refugees.
“Last year, the government committed to accepting 4,000 refugees; a small number in the scale of the humanitarian catastrophe taking place, but thus far it has failed to reach even this number. Less than a thousand have been resettled and the Taoiseach was unable to indicate when the 4000 number would be achieved.
“The Government has also failed to reach the UN’s goal of 0.7% of GDP in overseas aid from developed states. Last year, the Taoiseach told the UN that the Irish state would work toward achieving the UN goal of 0.7%. However, in 2015, the aid budget was only 0.4% of GDP. In Budget 2017, the Government allocated an additional €10 million to the Overseas Development Budget, but this means that, in real terms, government spending has decreased as a percentage of GDP. According to Trócaire, Budget 2017 means that the government’s Overseas Development Budget is at the same level as 17 years ago, measured in relation to the size of the economy.
“It is estimated that the overseas budget for next year will be 0.3 per cent of national income. This amounts to just 30c for every €100 the Government spends.”
Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O’Neill officially opened the new £4million MRI Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children today.
The Health Minister said:
“As Minister for Health, I am strongly committed to protecting and improving the quality and safety of health and social care services.
“This MRI scanner has been a long time in planning and I am delighted to see it is now up and running.
“Since the scanner became fully operational earlier this year 1,448 children have been scanned, roughly 30 children per week, which will ease the pressure on the Royal’s scanners.
“Waiting lists for paediatric MRI have also been greatly reduced since it became operational.”
Ms O’Neill continued:
“I would like to thank all those who have helped to raise the funds that have enabled this MRI scanner to be installed in the children’s hospital.
“I am aware that the fund raising campaign took place over a number of years. This is a really good example of how our communities, the third sector and our health service can all work together to achieve better outcomes for our people, especially children.
“We must continue to make the health and well-being of people here better. We need to work together to deliver the best possible health outcomes for the people we serve and to tackle the inequalities which exist.”
Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady was delighted to welcome Kilcoole-based community group Feet on the Beat to Leinster House this morning.
Teachta Brady said:
“Feet on the Beat held a briefing in Leinster House this morning to highlight the lack of Garda visibility and Garda numbers in their village and the impact this is having in their community.
“As well as highlighting their cause, the group also presented the Minister of State David Stanton, who attended on behalf of the Minister for Justice and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, with a petition including 2,500 signatories.
“The group discussed their concerns and provided a number of ideas on ways to tackle the issues of anti-social and criminal behaviour in their area. Minister of State Stanton guaranteed that this information will be passed on to Minister Fitzgerald.
“Kilcoole is based in the Greystones Garda District which takes in a population of approximately 25,000 people.
“I have previously highlighted the inadequate Garda numbers in this District to Minister Fitzgerald in calling for the new Garda recruits to be stationed in this District. I will continue to put pressure on Minister Fitzgerald to provide Kilcoole with the full time community Garda that is so vitally needed.
“I would like to commend the work and the commitment shown by Feet on the Beat; they are determined to make Kilcoole a safer place for the whole community and to make it a crime free village.
“I will do everything in my power to assist Feet on the Beat and to ensure that adequate Garda numbers and Garda resources are put in place in Kilcoole.”
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin North West Dessie Ellis has said that this Budget goes beyond money when it comes to the Health service, that each person on those waiting lists is in pain and putting their life on hold waiting for important surgery, and that the Government is indifferent to that pain and hurt.
Speaking during the Budget debate, Deputy Dessie Ellis said:
“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have forged this budget between them and it represents the failed politics of a failed class and a failed system.
“This wasn't a Budget to address our staffing crisis in our hospitals. By the end of September, there were 258 people waiting in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital for a year or more on the Inpatient/Day case surgery on Orthopaedics. It is a scandal that four out of the six theatres in Cappagh were out of action due to lack of staff, consultants and equipment such as artificial limbs and other necessary parts over the last few months. How can waiting lists be reduced if this is the case?
“Under this Budget, when the funding required to cover pay restoration is taken into account, the real Budget increase for health is €147 million. This is simply not enough. This is in comparison to Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget which proposed an additional €462.8 million to fund the health service. However, this goes beyond money as each person on those waiting lists is in pain and putting their life on hold waiting for this important surgery. There is nothing in this Budget that is going to increase resources and staffing levels to cut the waiting lists.”
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking during Leaders’ Questions this afternoon, has said the government must commit to going back to the drawing board in the coming weeks in order to ensure the health service is adequately resourced saying that ‘the Taoiseach cannot pretend that a net expenditure of €147 million will solve the crisis in our health service’.
Teachta Adams said:
“As winter approaches, the number of patients on emergency department trolleys is increasing once again. Yesterday there were almost 450 patients waiting for beds. If that trend continues, December and January is going to be chaotic.
“This morning, cardiologists at the Mater Hospital serving adult patients with congenital heart defects warned that the service was being stretched to a critical point.
“The two consultants working in the service stated that they were dealing with approximately 4,000 patients, and had insufficient resources, staffing and laboratory access.
“There are just two part-time consultants and two nurses for almost 4,000 patients, with 400 coming into the service year on year. There is also a shortage of secretarial and administrative support. The Taoiseach will agree that this situation is quite shocking.
“Last week, Ministers made grand claims about an increase in the budget for the health service, but the reality is such pronouncements were deceptive and grossly exaggerated. The bulk of the increase is funding is required simply to stand. It will have little impact on waiting lists, the trolley crisis and adequately resourcing services.
“When the money required to cover pay restoration, estimated at €97 million, and demographics, estimated at €119 million, is stripped away, the budget increase for health shrinks to just €147 million. All of us know that is grossly insufficient.
“Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget on the other hand proposed an additional €465 million investment in health over and above payments for demographics and the Lansdowne Road agreement.
“The Taoiseach must commit to going back to the drawing board to ensure that services such as the Acute Cardiology Unit in the Mater are adequately resourced and take on board what hospital consultants are saying.”
As more detailed plans have emerged of last week’s announcement by Minister Zappone of the Single Affordable Childcare Scheme, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has warned that it is likely that the costs of childcare for many parents is set to increase, offsetting a large proportion of the Ministers measures.
Deputy Ó Laoghaire was speaking today after a meeting of the Children’s Committee where some of the issues were discussed further:
“As more details of the Minister’s scheme have come to light, I believe that there is a significant danger that the cost of childcare is almost certainly going to increase to those using the services.
“We had a briefing with the department yesterday which was beneficial. However, in the Q&A session that followed, it became clear that the subsidies introduced could very likely be offset by further costs.
“This is a result of significant underfunding, which has led to poor payment of staff and also providers struggling to meet their own increasing costs. Should these factors be left unresolved, the increased fees are practically inevitable unless the state bears the cost. At the current level of subsidy being provided by the Government, it will not be able to do so as the level of subsidy is wholly inadequate. Greater subsidy, and in particular, much enhanced capitation, is required to control costs.
“The language being used by the Department officials was that similar to many Fine Gael Ministers, with an unwillingness to ‘interfere with markets’, which certainly does not put my mind at ease.
“Taking the rental market as an example; as capacity issues arise, the price of the good or service tends to go up. This is a reoccurring trend across many departments and sectors. Some form of monitoring and management of fees is required.
“The sector simply does not have the capacity, particularly in urban areas, to meet the likely significant interest and probably considerable increase in demand and it will not be capable of expanding in time for September.
“The Department have said they do not expect any capacity issues in the foreseeable future, yet on the other hand, they claim their new measures will increase labour market participation as affordable childcare would allow parents to return to work.
“There is an urgent need for developing a strong capacity plan, for investing significantly in developing capacity, both in bricks and mortar, and in capitation.
“While I welcomed the Minister’s new scheme last week, I feel that as we delve into the detail, the issues with the scheme are coming into focus.”
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education and Skills Carol Nolan TD has welcomed the confirmation by the Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan in the Dáil this afternoon, that the findings of the Review on School Transport would be made available within the next two weeks.
Teachta Nolan raised the issue with the Minister this morning on the Order of Business.
Speaking after the exchange, Teachta Nolan said:
“I welcome the confirmation from the Minister of State that the findings of the Review on School Transport will be made available within two weeks and that parties will have an opportunity to respond.
“I am disappointed that this Review was not completed in advance of Budget 2017 as was committed to by the Programme for Government.
“I am also hugely disappointed that no additional funding was allocated to the service in the Budget.
“Children all across this state have been left without bus seats and every representative from every party will have encountered the annual debacle that arises every year.
“I hope that the review will be positive and will genuinely seek to address the issues with the school transport scheme and I look forward to examining its findings.
“I strongly hope that a system can be put in place that delivers for our children and their communities and avoids a similar situation next autumn.”
Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed news that a statue of Irish rock legend Rory Gallagher has received planning permission.
Ms Ní Chuilín said:
“I welcome the fact that Belfast City Council's planning committee has approved the proposal.
“Like many I am a fan of Rory Gallagher, he is a legendary guitarist who continues to influence many in the music industry.
“I think it is fitting that a statue honouring Rory Gallagher be erected at Belfast's Ulster Hall given that he played there regularly throughout his career.”
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Rural Affairs Peadar Tóibín TD has said that the government must strive to ensure that the needs of turf cutters are met while maximising benefits to the environment.
While Deputy Tóibín acknowledged the vital importance of the preservation of our peatlands, he criticised the gross governmental mismanagement which resulted in the infringement of turf cutters’ rights.
Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, on the Wildlife Amendment Act which provide for the review of raised bog habitats, Deputy Tóibín said:
“Cutting turf is an age old practice, a way of life almost in many parts of the country. Many rural households are dependent on turf to heat their homes. However, owing to intensive peat extraction thanks to the Turf Development Board, later Bord na Móna, we now have less than 1% of active raised bog. In the past 80 years, industry has savaged our peatlands.
“However preservation should not have to mean the infringement of people’s rights. In 1998, Ireland transposed the EU Habitats Directives into law. The purpose of the law was to protect our wetlands as a natural habitat.
“The Fianna Fáil government at the time chose which bogs would be designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs). While the Directive stipulated that measures must take account of economic, social and cultural requirements – in other words – the needs of the people, it would appear that there was little or no public consultation at the time that these bogs were designated as areas to be conserved.
“Nor did the government at the time seek an exemption from the European Commission to allow for the continuation of turf cutting in the public interest.
“This became a social justice issue. People were being prevented from cutting their own turf. Ordinary, decent people were being criminalized. The waste of Garda resources was huge, all because the government made a shambles of implementing the EU directive.
“While we welcome this Bill, it is also an acknowledgement that management of the conservation of our peat bog has been a failure. An outright ban on turf cutting in certain state-chosen bogs is not a solution to habitat management in of itself.
“In the review and consultation period, we must balance the needs of our turf cutters and adopt an acceptable strategy favourable to all for the management of raised bogs in Ireland. It is also vital that there must be a scientific assessment of the impacts on carbon emission this new raised bog network will have, to ensure that benefits to the climate are maximised.”
Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the government to urgently act to preserve the last remaining POW Hut from the Frongoch site.
Speaking today Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;
"Volunteers from across the nation who took part in the 1916 Rising were held as Prisoners of War on the Frongoch site in Wales.
“This camp became a place where political craft and revolutionary thinking flourished. It is where the IRA honed their strategies and plans for the years of the Tan War that would follow.
“Only one Hut from this site of monumental historic significance remains and not least in this centenary year the government should act with urgency to retain this unique and precious historic artefact.
“I will continue to work with the minister, who I have written to today, as well as my Seanad colleagues from all parties to ensure this site is preserved for future generations."