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Government must intervene in postal dispute

31 March, 2004


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking in Louth this afternoon said that 'there was a lot of anger at the spectacle of Ministers tripping over themselves to secure funding for the Punchestown event centre while they won't lift a finger to sort out the postal dispute.' Mr. Adams is meeting postal workers in Drogheda this evening.

Mr. Adams said:

"Since 1997 Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy has pursued an agenda of inequality with relish. He recently extended tax breaks for developers of multi-story carparks, to developers of hotels and holiday camps and to private hospitals. So it is no surprise that he also squandered €15 million of public money for a pet project in his own constituency.

"All of this at a time when 27,000 people are on hospital waiting lists, 50,000 families on housing lists, 40% reduction in the number of participants on CE schemes and a public transport in need of major investment.

"There is a lot of anger at the spectacle of Ministers tripping over themselves to secure funding for the Punchestown event centre while they won't lift a finger to tackle major problems in public services or to sort out the postal dispute.

"I will be meeting with postal workers in Drogheda this afternoon. I believe that the suspensions should be lifted immediately. It isn't enough that Minister Dermot Ahern monitors the situation, he must intervene. As the largest shareholder the government has a duty to ensure that management is acting appropriately and must proactively get involved in remedying the problems."ENDS

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