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Adams and Munster back Drumcar INMO staff

18 June, 2015 - by Gerry Adams, Imelda Munster

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed his support and solidarity with the members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation at St Mary’s, Drumcar, following their decision this week to take industrial action over budget cuts and a reduction in staffing levels.

Last week, a HIQA report into the unit in St. Mary’s, Drumcar which has 16 patients with intellectual disabilities raised very serious concerns.

Teachta Adams TD said:

“The INMO has confirmed that St. Mary’s budget has faced consistent cuts over recent years with a damaging impact on staffing levels. 

“According to the union, the management at St. Mary’s have written to them in recent weeks outlining their intention to introduce further staff reductions, and most worryingly in light of the HIQA report, to recruit non registered staff to administer medication instead of the Registered Nurse in Intellectual Disability (RNID).

“The Staff of St. Mary’s work hard to sustain the services it provides for hundreds of users with diminishing resources. They do so with dedication and compassion.”

Louth County Councillor Imelda Munster has criticised Louth based government TDs and Senators who like to pretend that they have played no part in the introduction and impact on public services of government austerity policies.

Councillor Munster said:

“Government TDs and Senators from Louth must bear responsibility for this appalling situation. Neither Mary Moran nor any of her government colleagues have any credibility when they lament financial cuts to services and staff shortages. Speaking earlier this week about the Drumcar cuts, the Labour Seanadóir said ‘I wholeheartedly agree that funding to support the staff and patients is seriously needed.’

“Has Ms. Moran told her Ministerial colleagues? Will she vote against her party’s austerity policies?

“It is a fact that for over four years TDs from Labour and Fine Gael have voted in the Oireachtas for government austerity policies which have created enormous difficulties for the citizens of Louth, including cutting home help hours, guidance counsellors in schools, and payments to single parents, as well as introducing stealth taxes like the water charges and family home tax.”

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