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McDonald questions Labour’s purpose in government

27 September, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD criticised the Government for failing to deliver on its promised reform of the healthcare system.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Unquestionably the wrong Minister has resigned. It is Minister Reilly and his cuts regime which should be going. This is not an issue of personalities it’s about the failure of this Government to deliver on the reform it promised.

“It’s about the continuation of the kind of stroke politics which were such a feature of Fianna Fáil’s 14 years in power. Minister Reilly has still not explained the criteria for selection of the 15 additional locations for primary care centre locations, including two in his own constituency.

“Last week Labour and Fine Gael TDs backed the Health Minister despite his failure to deliver Programme for Government reforms; whilst at the same time presiding over a healthcare system in crisis with overcrowded A & E’s, huge hospital waiting lists and deep cuts to health services.

“Deputy Shorthall said in her statement yesterday that Labour Ministers in Government are not adhering to their own Programme for Government, including its underlying principles and commitment to health reform. Commitments that go to the core of the values the Labour Party purports to represent.

“What is the purpose of Labour continuing to remain in this Government if they are prepared to stand over a Fine Gael Minister engaging in stroke politics but not one of their own demanding the implementation of the Programme for Government and policies which have been long advocated by the Labour party.” ENDS

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