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Sinn Féin senators refused opportunity to question health minister

27 October, 2011

The Sinn Féin Seanad leader David Cullinane has hit out at the government parties in the Seanad for denying Sinn Féin Senators the same opportunity as others to question the Minister for Health.

Senator Cullinane said that Sinn Féin will continue to challenge this failure to implement any real reform in the Seanad.

Senator Cullinane said:

“Senators have been waiting five months for the Minister for Health James Reilly to come to the Seanad. The health service is in crisis, hospitals are buckling under the pressure of bed closures and cuts. It is timely that the Minister has eventually come to the Seanad to account for this dire situation.

“The fact that Sinn Féin senators have been denied the opportunity to formally question the Minister is nothing short of a scandal. A measly one minute was offered to the team out of a two and a half hour debate.

“We want the same opportunity as any other Senator or any other party.

“After all the hype over political reform during the General Election, it is clear that this government is no more interested in any meaningful reform or hearing dissenting views.

“Sinn Féin will continue to challenge the government in this failure to stick by their word and put in place meaningful political reform that takes in all views and all voices.”

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