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Tallaght Fianna Fáil TDs must state whether they have confidence in Harney - Crowe

20 March, 2010

Tallaght Central Sinn Féin Councillor Seán Crowe today attended a protest at Tallaght Hospital where protesters called for Mary Harney to resign over the x-rays scandal at Tallaght Hospital.

Councillor Crowe said the Minister has presided over crisis after crisis in the Health services and should resign. He went on the call on the Fianna Fáil TDs in the constituency to publicly state whether or not they have confidence in Mary Harney as Health Minister.

Councillor Crowe said:

“We are here today to say loudly and publicly that Mary Harney must resign her position as Health Minister after this latest scandal involving 58,000 x-rays at Tallaght Hospital.

“Mary Harney has spectacularly failed as a Minister for Health. In her determination to develop a private, for profit, healthcare system she has destroyed the public infrastructure on which people depend. This has led to numerous unnecessary deaths and much hardship, pain, stress and extra financial burdens for patients throughout the state and their families.

“Her response to this particular scandal is an insult to patients and their families who continue to suffer the consequences of her disastrous policies. She should have immediately flown home from New Zealand when this story broke but instead she stayed on in a blatant snub to Tallaght Hospital patients.

“The two Fianna Fáil TDs in this constituency should publicly state whether or not they have confidence in Minister Harney. And, if they do not have confidence in the Minister then they should make this clear to the Taoiseach and support a motion of no confidence in the Dáil to have her removed from office immediately.

“Conor Lenihan and Charlie O’Connor have the power to do what the people of this constituency know is the right thing to do - to put enormous pressure on Minister Harney to resign. Only party loyalty is stopping them from doing so. However, loyalty to their constituents should take precedence over party loyalty.” ENDS

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