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Failed Health Minister’s support for Fianna Fáil no surprise

1 June, 2009

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader and Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has described failed Health Minister Mary Harney’s endorsement of Fianna Fáil’s Eoin Ryan as no surprise adding, “The Minister like Fianna Fáil is simply scrapping the barrel of negative campaigning in their joint effort to hold onto the last MEP seat in Dublin. This tactic reinforces my message to the people of Dublin. By refusing to return a Fianna Fáil MEP to Europe you can send a strong message to this government that enough is enough.”
Mary Lou McDonald said:
“Let’s remember what Mary Harney, like Fianna Fáil, stands for; a two-tier health service, an A&E crisis, the abandonment of local services, misdiagnosis and perhaps most shameful of all she is the Minister who deemed it right to backtrack last year on her commitment to deliver a cervical cancer vaccine to young girls.

“Brian Cowen and Mary Harney’s government is responsible for a level of soaring unemployment not seen since 1980s. Sinn Féin was the first party to deliver a comprehensive job retention and creation strategy. Instead of leading the way in innovation and job creation the Minister and Taoiseach retreated right back into their cozy golden circles to protect the interests of the banks and developers saddling the Irish taxpayer with decades of debt.

“Mary Harney is the embodiment of this shamed and shambolic government. She is a failed Minister of a failed government who has willfully failed the people of this state.
“Unlike the Minister I can stand over my record as a public representative with my head held high. I make no apology for taking maternity leave during my term as an MEP.  I also make no apology for being a woman in politics or a working Mother. I have worked hard for the people of Dublin and fought for their interests in Europe. There is no place in Ireland or Europe for Fianna Fáil and Mary Harney’s failed policies of privatisation and deregulation.

“Things can be sorted out but its over to the voters now. They need to turn their anger into action. The people need to stand up and say enough is enough, we do not have to take this anymore. Vote for change on June 5th, vote for Sinn Féin.” ENDS


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