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Wexford Electorate misled by Dr. Twomey

22 September, 2004

Commenting before this morning's expected announcement that 'independent' T.D. Dr. Liam Twomey is to join the Fine Gael party, Wexford Sinn Féin County Councillor John Dwyer has expressed disappointment, but not surprise at Dr Twomey's decision.

Cllr Dwyer said:

"When the people of Wexford elected Dr Liam Twomey as an independent TD, they were seeking two things: a radical voice for healthcare reform, and an independent alternative to the establishment parties. Unfortunately Dr Twomey has been neither of these things.

"When one examines Dr. Twomey's record in Leinster House it really is no surprise that he has now joined the national coalition of the confused:

"Dr. Twomey voted for the Local Government Bill, which removed powers from locally elected representatives and handed these powers over to unelected officials as 'executive functions'. Although supported in his election campaign by the anti-incineration lobby group, Dr Twomey then misrepresented this campaign and proceeded to vote in support of Minister Cullens Environment Bill allowing for a network of incinerators to be established in this country. Dr Twomey supported the Nice Treaty, stating that he believed the governments promises to safeguard Irish Neutrality, which they quickly broke. However, he also voted against the Private Members Bill which would have inserted Neutrality into the Constitution.

"Instead of providing a radical voice and challenging the Minister for Health to provide a proper radiotherapy facility in the South-East for public patients, Dr Twomey went along with Minister Martin's agenda and came out strongly in favour of the establishment of a private radiotherapy unit. His support for this proposal also drew the wrath of the Labour Party, who are now likely to welcome him into the coalition of the confused?

"The crisis at Wexford General Hospital and in our health services has become much worse since Dr. Twomey's election. This of course is not his fault but the people of Wexford are justified to feel disillusioned at his throwing in the towel and running for cover now. The people voted for a strong independent alternative to this government, and not for a sheep in sheep's clothing!" ENDS

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