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Senator Cullinane challenges Deputy Conway to debate Sinn Féin’s Universal Healthcare plan

15 December, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has challenged the Labour Party’s Ciara Conway to a debate on his party’s plan for universal health care which was published today after the Waterford Deputy issued what Senator Cullinane described as an ill-informed and nonsensical attack on the plan this evening.

Senator Cullinane said;

“Ciara Conway’s ill-informed and nonsensical attack on Sinn Féin’s plan for universal healthcare smacks of desperation.

“For the first time in the history of the state a political party has put forward a comprehensive plan to deliver universal health care over the course of two Dáil terms yet the best Labour can do it to try and undermine it with untruths.

“Despite Deputy Conway’s claim, Sinn Féin has always been in favour of universal health care.  That much is on the record of the Dáil going back many years.

“Today we published a plan to deliver our vision.  It is comprehensive, it is costed and it is deliverable.  And I am happy to debate this with Deputy Conway at any time.

“We will not however, take a lecture from a Labour Party member when the reality is that her party’s record in health is chaos in our Emergency Departments, elderly patients without dignity on hospital trolleys, patients waiting years for badly needed medical procedures, and children without the therapies required to walk, talk and reach their potential.

“All the while, those who can afford to pay are allowed skip the queue.

“How Deputy Conway can challenge Sinn Féín’s record on health when her own party is responsible for such chaos is beyond me.”


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