Cullinane commends the Waterford Gives a Shirt campaign
Waterford Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has commended the community based Waterford Gives a Shirt Campaign for taking their concerns directly to Leinster House. He said it was good to see a grass roots campaign emerge that involves Waterford citizens standing up for their city and county.
The Waterford Gives a Shirt campaign has seen thousands of people donate shirts to charity to send a message to government that they may as well have the shirt of their backs and to make a demand that the government stops neglecting Waterford and the Southeast.
Senator Cullinane said the campaign representatives were positive about Waterford and its future, are proud of their city and county but will not tolerate any further government neglect.
Speaking from outside Leinster House today Senator Cullinane said:
“I commend the Waterford Gives a Shirt campaign for their initiative. It is heartening to see citizens stepping up to the plate and demanding better treatment for their city and county. The campaign representatives are very positive about Waterford and its future. They are proud of their city and their county. But they are understandably frustrated and angry that the city and county is being so badly neglected by government.
“Waterford City and County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. Many big companies have closed and have not been replaced. There is not a family in Waterford who has not seen their young either emigrate or leave the county in search of employment. This is unacceptable. It is the sole reason that I requested that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs and Enterprise bring forward a comprehensive jobs plan for the county and the region.
“The government is also forcing an amalgamation of the city and county council which on balance I feel is wrong. The region is being broken up and this will undoubtedly affect our city gateway status.
“Perhaps the most pressing issue of all is the potential downgrading of our regional hospital and the loss of jobs and vital tertiary services. It is one of the single biggest challenges facing Waterford and the Southeast in the time ahead. The people of Waterford are not looking for preferential treatment. We are simply demanding a level playing field and we are not getting that from this Government.”