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FF Councillor challenged to speak out against budget cuts

24 October, 2008

Glencullen Sinn Féin representative Shaun Tracey has called on local Fianna Fáil Councillor John Byrne to follow the example of his fellow Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Fianna Fáil councillors and come out against the Government on the medical card and class sizes issue.

Mr. Tracey was speaking after Councillors Gerry Horkan and Barry Conway criticised the Government over the decision to end universal entitlement to a medical card for the over 70s and the decision to increase class sizes.

He said, "The Government's shameful decisions on both the medical cards for the over 70s and increased class sizes have targeted two of the most vulnerable groups in society.

"The Government had other revenue raising options open to them but shamefully decided to target the young and the elderly to pay for years of Fianna Fáil led economic incompetence.

"I applaud the two Fianna Fáil Councillors in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown who have bravely stood up to their own party leadership on these two matters of principle and I would call on others to follow their example.

"The local Fianna Fáil Councillor in my own constituency of Glencullen John Byrne has been very quiet despite his council colleagues coming out strongly on these issues. I feel it is important that Councillor Byrne comes out and lets his constituents know where he stands on these matters.

"Does he support the attacks on our young people and the elderly. If he does not then he should follow the lead of his colleagues and come out strongly against them." ENDS

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