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Islands will bear the brunt of Government cuts – Doherty

22 November, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Donegal’s island communities will be worst affected by the impact of government budget cuts, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has warned.

With the islands going to the polls today (Monday) in the Donegal South West by-election, Senator Doherty urged as many islanders as possible to cast their votes.

“It is imperative that the whole of this constituency shows its anger and opposition to the draconian budget cuts which are being pursued by this government,” Senator Doherty declared.

“That is particularly true of our island communities which have borne the brunt of decades of neglect and under-investment.

“Because of this neglect, our island communities are even less well-equipped than the rest of the county to cope with the budget cuts. Therefore, I am urging the people of Arannmore, Tory, Inishfree, Gola, and Inisboffin to show that they are not prepared to tolerate this neglect by sending a very clear message to Fianna Fáil when they go to the polls today.

“Our islanders have the right to the same level of public services as the rest of us. They have a right to the good healthcare and education. They have a right to make a decent living and for a sustainable fishing industry.

“All of these rights have been denied to them by this government and I am saying very clearly that this by-election offers them the opportunity to show that it is time for change – it is time for a better way.” ENDS

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