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Sinn Féin budget supports fair and sustainable recovery - Pearse Doherty

Sinn Fein’s Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said Sinn Fein’s alternative Budget would repair communities, rebuild the economy and renew society. The budget lays out how Sinn Fein would abolish the local property tax and water charges and our programme for investing in disability services, health and education.

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“The DUP are vocal about the consequences of not implementing these Tory cuts but remain silent on the impact of these cuts which would take hundreds of millions of pounds out of the pockets of the most vulnerable and least able to pay.  These cuts would plunge more children into poverty and take money from hard-pressed working families, people on benefits and from people with disabilities." - Daithí McKay



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Ba cheart don Aire Cumarsáide, Fuinneamh & Acmhainní Nádúrtha leithscéal a ghábhail maidir le ráitis a rinne sé i Seanad Éireann inné maidir le tobar gáis na Coiribe. Dúirt an tAire leis an Seanadóir Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Sinn Féin, go raibh cuid de na cúiseanna a chuir moill ar fhorbairt an phíoblíne gáis i Muigh Eo ‘seafóideach’, go raibh moill rófhada dhá chuir ar an bhforbairt agus ‘dá mbeadh an Samhradh nios fearr ann gur dócha go mbeadh tuilleadh daoine ag iarraidh bac a chuir ar an an tógáil’.

Dúirt an Seanadóir Ó Clochartaigh go raibh dearcadh an Aire scannalach agus go bhfuil sé ag iarraidh air leithscéal a ghabháil le pobal Mhuigh Eo, a chontae dhúchais. ‘Bhí meon agus friotal an Aire ag tabhairt le fios, dar liom, nach raibh réasún ag baint le h- iarrachtaí an phobail stop a chuir leis an bhforbairt seo ar bhealach síochánta agus daonlathach. Ba léir go bhfuil sé ag taobhú leis an gcomhlacht sa gcás seo agus ag magadh faoin dream a bhí ag troid ar son a gcearta a chosaint. Ní dóigh liom go bhfuil sé sin inghlactha ó Aire Rialtais, go háirithe i bhfianaise ról an Stát sa bpróiséas ar fad.

‘Ba mhaith liom fáil amach freisin cén uair a tháinig athrú ar dhearcadh Pháirtí an Lucht Oibre ar an gceist seo?’ a deir an Seanadóir. ‘Roimhe seo bhíodh Michael D. Higgins, Uachtarán an Pháirtí, ag labhairt amach go poiblí ar son an dream a bhí i gcoinne an togra seo. I 2010 agus é ag seoladh leabhar le Lorna Siggins ar an ábhar, chuir sé an scéal i gcomparáid le Cogadh na Talún, ag rá go bhfuil sé ‘tragóideach’ a bhfuil tarlaithe ann agus go raibh ‘I bhfad nios mó i gceist ná an Stát ag iarraidh Dlí & Cirt a chur i bhfeidhm’.

Le linn na díospóireachta, bhí an Seanadóir ag iarraidh air an Aire Rabbitte tabhairt le fios an bhfuil sé i gceist aige moltaí SIPTU maidir le leasuithe sa tionscal ola & gás agus an córas ceadúnais a chuir i bhfeidhm. ‘Ba chóir go mbeadh buntáiste i bhfad níos mó dhá fháil ag muintir na hÉíreann as na hacmhainní nádúrtha atá againn. Ní raibh sé ag freagairt mo chuid ceisteanna’, a deir an Seanadóir, ‘agus tá gach cosúlacht ón méid a duirt sé go bhfuil an rialtas seo chun leanúint le polasaithe an rialtas a chuaigh rompu. Léiríonn moltaí Coiste Gás & Ola SIPTU agus deáchleachtais idirnáisiúnta go bhféadfadh muid margadh i bhfad níos fearr a fháil ó na hacmhainní seo ach ní cosúil go bhfuil an tAire chun aon athrú suntasach polasaí a chuir i bhfeidhm chun sin a dheimhniú’.

‘Ní féidir le Páirtí an Lucht Oibre a bheith ag marcaíocht ar dhá chapall ag an am céanna agus urlabhraithe dá gcuid ag rá go bhfuil siad ag seasamh le cearta na ndaoine agus leas an phobail agus a gcuid Airí Rialtais agus a gcuid ionadaithe i dTeach Laighean ag déanamh a mhalairt’, dar leis an Seanadóir.

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Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has said people are shocked at the decision by the HSE who today confirmed that St. Brigid’s Home, Crooksling, a long term care unit in Brittas Co. Dublin will close over a phased 3-6 month period.

Deputy Crowe, who has been lobbying for the long stay care home to remain open said:

“Today’s announcement that St Brigid’s is to close is a serious blow to both the staff working there and the 80 plus people under their care. For some time there have been concerns that the home was to close and on the 28th of September I asked the Minister for Health James Reilly, in a Dáil Question, what were the plans for St. Brigid's.

“His response was to simply refer my question to the HSE. So much for the Minister's promise of more accountability. Today we got the news that many people were dreading.

“For decades St Brigid’s has been a vital amenity that has provided long term care for many people some of whom have spent most of their lives in the home. Being forced to move will cause significant disruption and disorientation to what is a very vulnerable group of people.

“The transfer of residents and staff to Hollybrook Community Nursing Unit in Inchicore and other units around the Dublin/Mid Leinster area must be carried out sensitively. The HSE must also honour its commitment and ensure that families will not be forced to pay additional costs for the care of their loved ones whenever they are relocated.

“What makes this decision even harder to understand is that during the past two years over €2 million had been spent on new Palliative Care and Physio Care Units at the Brittas facility.

“Despite the money spent on improving the home, the HSE has now taken the decision to close St Brigid’s and there are fears other long stay nursing homes will meet a similar fate.

“These types of facilities care for patients that private nursing homes will not cater for. Its closure means alternative arrangements will have to be found for the people living there.

“This announcement is also a massive blow for the dedicated staff of St Brigid’s and every effort must be made by the government to ensure they find alternative employment close to where they live. Some of the staff have lived at the facility and will now have to find a new home as well as a new job.

“The staff and the community of Brittas, West Wicklow and South Dublin are appalled at this decision and Minister James Reilly should reverse it.” ENDS

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has extended his deepest sympathies and condolences to the Caraher family following the death of Peter John Caraher this morning.

Peter John’s son Fergal was shot and killed by British soldiers in Cullyhanna in December 1990 along with his brother Micheál who was seriously wounded, in a shoot to kill action.

Mr. Adams said:

“I have known Peter John for many years. He was a decent, hardworking family man, a republican, who was widely known and respected, especially within his home area of South Armagh.

“After the death of Fergal he helped organise an international based public inquiry into the events surrounding the shooting of his two sons.

“He was hugely supportive of the peace process and a stalwart defender of the rights of his community.

“On behalf of Sinn Féin and republicans everywhere I want to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to Peter John’s wife Mary, their three daughters, Maria, Therese and Joanne and five sons, Francis, John, Micheál, Phelim, and Cahal, and the Caraher family, his friends and neighbours.

“Go ndeanfaid Dia trocaire ar a n’anam dilse.” Críoch

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Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has condemned the HSE decision to close St Brigid’s Public Nursing Home in Crooksling, County Dublin.

He said:

“The decision to close St. Brigid’s Nursing Home is part of the drive by the HSE to privatise all nursing home care for older people. It is a terrible decision and I am calling on Health Minister James Reilly to intervene to prevent it going ahead.

“St. Brigid’s is a large campus in extensive grounds and much public money has been spent on it. The decision to close is yet another example of a report from HIQA – which did not recommend closure – being used to justify the closure of a public facility.

“HIQA’s report on St. Brigid’s published in 2010 said that the standard of care in the home was high but that significant improvements were required in the facilities. The HSE should ensure that these improvements are completed, instead of letting the axe fall on another public nursing home.”

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Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the government should reject any proposals to cede more power to the European Union as a response to the Eurozone crisis.

Deputy Doherty also said that the Irish government should be represented at talks to resolve the Eurozone crisis as equal partners in the European Union.

Speaking today Deputy Doherty said:

“While it is encouraging that the focus of European leaders is turning to an overall solution to the Eurozone crisis it is highly insulting that Ireland and other nations have not been invited to the table to discuss this.

“It has been rumoured that the response to the crisis will include changes to the current EU treaties, the establishment of a single European Finance Ministry and Minister and a new Eurobond.

“All of this represents further and significant surrender of Irish sovereignty to the European Union and the Irish government should reject any plan that included these proposals.

“These are issues all of which Sinn Féin warned were coming down the road at the time of the Lisbon Treaty debate but we were labelled scaremongers at the time by proponents of the treaty.

“The response to the Eurozone crisis must ensure that sovereign states no longer have to fill the holes in the books of private banks. This is a role that must be filled by the ECB.” ENDS

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Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as a “backward step” the decision of the HSE to charge for medication which was previously free of charge to mental health patients in the Greater Dublin Area.

Speaking on World Mental Health Day (Monday 10 October), Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The HSE is to charge mental health patients in the Greater Dublin Area for their medication which, up to this, was free of charge. Under a scheme which, I understand, was initially established by the former Eastern Health Board, all mental health patients received free psychiatric medication, including both medical card and non-medical card patients. This is to be changed from November, with non-medical card patients paying full costs (up to the Drugs Payment Scheme threshold of €120 per month).

“This is a backward step and Health Minister James Reilly should intervene to prevent it. Obviously it is an anomaly that such a scheme would apply to just one region in the State but patients should not simply be cut off in this summary fashion. Many may go without essential medication as a result. The scheme should remain in place pending a thorough review of supports for mental health patients across the State.”

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Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said that sentiments expressed by Labour Presidential candidate Michael D Higgins on the campaign trail are at odds with the disastrous policies Mr Higgins’s party is implementing in government.

Speaking this morning Mary Lou McDonald said:

“Sentiments expressed by Labour Presidential candidate Michael D Higgins regarding the importance of equality and social solidarity are unfortunately at odds with the actions of his party in Government.

“Labour’s disastrous policies are all about attacking the low paid and those on social welfare and bailing out the banks. Labour are a party that stands for austerity not equality.

“People need to remember that fine sentiments and lofty speeches are no substitute for political action. Candidates for government parties need to be judged on their actions as well as their words and on the actions of their party in government.”

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Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as “disgraceful” the proposed closure of 28 beds in James Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"Health Minister James Reilly last year stated that the impact of the closure of hospital beds would lead to more patients suffering needlessly on trolleys and more patients waiting at home in pain due to cancelled operations.

“He has since changed his tune and is now presiding over the widespread closure of hospital beds.

“We in Sinn Féin will continue to challenge this dismantling of our public health services. Unless a halt is put to these closures patients face a fearful winter in our hospitals.”

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Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as 'punitive' the change to the Nursing Homes Support Scheme revealed in the media today (Friday).

The change means that older people who have to enter nursing homes while their applications for payments under the scheme are being considered will have to pay the full cost of care. Up to this approval was backdated to the time they entered the home, covering their costs in the interim.

Deputy Ó Caoláin accused Health Minister James Reilly of hiding behind the HSE.

He said:

“This is a very significant and punitive change to the Nursing Home Support Scheme, the so-called 'Fair Deal', and it is a change that will impose very significant costs on many older people and their families.

“This far-reaching change was not signalled by Health Minister James Reilly but is being brought in as an administrative change by the HSE, despite Minister Reilly's claim that he would be taking a hands-on approach. In fact Minister Reilly is now hiding behind the HSE in the same way as his predecessor Mary Harney who brought in the so-called 'Fair Deal' scheme. This change should not go ahead.”

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