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O’Rourke challenges Thomas Byrne to head to head debate

4 March, 2013

The Sinn Féin by-election candidate in Meath East Darren O’Rourke has challenged Fianna Fáil candidate Thomas Byrne to a head to head debate on issues affecting the people of the constituency.

Speaking today O’Rourke said:

“People in Meath East are struggling. Many bought homes during the height of the boom and are now trying to stay afloat under the weight of massive mortgage debt as well as unemployment and cuts to public services.

“Fianna Fáil’s legacy of economic disaster is plain to see in this constituency. That legacy is now carried on by the government parties, Labour and Fine Gael.

“Thomas Byrne was a TD when Fianna Fáil was in government. That party now claims to be against the very austerity measures they championed while in government.

“This constituency needs alternative representation with a vision for the future. The tired ideals of the Fianna Fáil old guard just won’t cut it.

“I am challenging Senator Byrne to a head to head debate on these issues and the future of this constituency.

“Sinn Féin has an alternative vision for the economy that does not include making low and middle income people shoulder the bulk of the burden; that does not cut public services beyond recognition and does not saddle hard working people with private banking debt. Fianna Fáil claims to have an alternative vision too. I have yet to see it. If Thomas Byrne wants to represent the people of Meath East he should not be running away from these issues.”

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