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A Sinn Féin Government will ensure decent Public Services for the West – Matt Carthy MEP

1 February, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West and Director of Elections, Matt Carthy, speaking at the launch of the party’s “A New Deal for the West” policy document today in Dublin, has said that a Sinn Féin Government will invest in and secure adequate public services for western communities.

Carthy said:

“The West of Ireland has been failed by successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael led governments.

“People in the West of Ireland are sick of being treated as second class citizens – fed up with underinvestment.

“Over the past five years, services have been stripped from our local communities – local Garda stations and post offices have closed, transport routes have been cut, local and regional roads budgets have been slashed and beds have been closed in our local hospitals.

“It is time to take a stand and deliver change to rural communities in western counties, who have borne the brunt of the austerity delivered by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

“I believe a strong team of Sinn Féin TDs in Leinster House will fight for a brighter future for the west.

“They will fight to deliver decent public services – the retention of local post offices, increased Garda numbers and the re-opening of closed Garda stations.

“Sinn Féin will fight for the protection of out of hours doctor services in the west and investment in health to include 24 hour GP and ambulances, increased frontline staff and the utilisation of District Hospitals to deliver health services in the community.

“A Sinn Féin led government will also provide social housing through the re-establishment of the Rural Dwellings Scheme and increase funding for rural schools.

“A Sinn Féin led government will seek to reverse the years of underinvestment in rural communities and bring the economic recovery to homes across the west.

“A Sinn Féin Government will be better for citizens, better for communities, better for families and better for the west of Ireland.”

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