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Sinn Féin Protest Private Health Conference-Ellis

23 April, 2008

Dublin Sinn Féin activists will be protesting tomorrow morning outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Santry, venue of a Private Health Conference which will be addressed by the Minister for Health Mary Harney. The protest, which will be held at 8am, will highlight Sinn Féin’s continued opposition to the ongoing sell off of the health services.


Speaking in Dublin today Sinn Féin Councillor Dessie Ellis said, “The fact that the Minister was recently too busy to meet with the nurses section of SIPTU but is available to speak to a Private Health Conference speaks volumes about the government-led push towards privatisation of the health service.


“Myself and other Sinn Féin activists will be outside this conference tomorrow morning to protest on behalf of all victims of government policy on healthcare. For eleven years a Bertie Ahern led government has failed completely to reform the health service and provide a fair and equitable system.


“Universal healthcare should be a cornerstone of any government’s policy.  Mary Harney would be better off spending time with the workers in the health service who are committed to making the system work, and should not be cozying up to profit driven corporations.” ENDS

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