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"Kathleen Lynch and Dara Murphy are not fit for political office" - Jonathan O'Brien TD

28 January, 2016 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central Jonathan O'Brien has strongly criticised both the Labour Party's Kathleen Lynch TD and Fine Gael's Dara Murphy TD and said that they "are not fit for political office.”

Deputy O’Brien made the comments at the launch of Sinn Féin's General Election campaign in Cork North Central tonight in the Commons Inn.

He said;

"Picture this for a moment, 100 years after the Irish Republic was declared, by men and women of vision and conviction, we have a situation where a person, a citizen lays down to sleep in a carpark in Douglas Street or in a doorway yards from Government Buildings  and ends up dying.

"This is what the people of Cork got in exchange for voting for parties that put two Junior Ministers in this constituency, Junior Ministers who couldn’t even face the people who attended a television debate in this very room.

"Kathleen Lynch and Dara Murphy are not fit for political office, they have failed to protect citizens and better the lives of ordinary people.  

"It is an absolute disgrace; they are an absolute disgrace, an embarrassment to Cork.

"Kathleen Lynch has the gall to stand before us and tell us that she is doing her best, well Kathleen's best isn’t good enough so it’s time she stood aside and let Thomas Gould do what she has failed to do.

"For his part, Dara Murphy has stood over every mean and nasty cut regardless of the devastation to ordinary families throughout this constituency. His agenda is completely at odds with the needs of our communities.

"We are determined to kick this government, and their representative in Cork, out of office just as their austerity policies have kicked many families in this City out of their homes.

"Sinn Féin is running two candidates in this constituency because we are serious about the opportunity that this election presents us.

"Sinn Féin is the party giving a voice to the people. We want to be in government in order to deliver meaningful changes to the lives of ordinary people who have done their best with the pittance they have been given by the Labour Party and Fine Gael.

"Sinn Féin will to send a message from Hollyhill to Curraheen, from Gurranabraher to Blackpool, from Mayfield to Glanmire and from Blarney to Little Island, right to political establishment in Leinster House, right to Enda Kenny and Joan Burton, that this government's time is up."

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