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Taoiseach’s credibility on the line – Adams

11 July, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said the controversy surrounding the closure of Roscommon Hospital Emergency Department has put the Taoiseach’s credibility on the line.

Mr Adams said it is clear that Enda Kenny has broken a personal commitment he gave to retain services at Roscommon Hospital.

Mr Adams said the Labour Party is also guilty of breaking election promises as its candidate in Roscommon gave a commitment on behalf of his party to retain services at Roscommon.

He said:

“The controversy surrounding Roscommon Hospital has now turned into an issue of credibility for Enda Kenny. It is clear that he has broken a personal commitment to retain services at Roscommon Hospital.

“The credibility of the Labour Party is now also on the line after its Roscommon based candidate and now Senator John Kelly gave a commitment to the hospital when he said:

‘If services are downgraded at Roscommon between now and the election, and Fianna Fail do not deliver, then Mr. Gilmore will speak to me after the election as the Labour TD for Roscommon, if I am fortunate enough to be given that mandate by the people.

‘I don’t think the position can be put any further – vote for Labour to secure the future of Roscommon hospital.’

“Less than five months after the general election, in which people thought they were voting for change, we are seeing a crisis in our hospital services brought on by a continuation of the policies of the previous Government.

“Citizens deserve better than that. The Taoiseach and Fine Gael should keep their election promises. Full A&E services should be restored to Roscommon Hospital.” ENDS

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