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Sinn Féin will deliver a fair recovery - McDonald

9 February, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald has outline Sinn Féin’s vision for a fair recovery - easing the burden on working families, investing €10 billion in public services and addressing the áhousing and health crisis.

Speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin’s election manifesto launch for a Fair Recovery, Deputy McDonald said:

“Sinn Féin wants to deliver a fair recovery and we have two overall priorities – easing the burden on working families and investing €10 billion in public services and addressing the housing crisis.  This is not a wish list, these are costed, sensible proposals, which we can and will deliver in government.

“Hundreds of thousands are feeling no recovery and that is because for the last five years Fine Gael and Labour have caused chaos in their lives:  There are 4,154 fewer nurses in our health system, 2,500 fewer Gardaí in our communities, 1.5 million home help hours were cut and supports for children with special needs were removed.

“Fine Gael and Labour made the political choice to prioritise the protection of high earners and vested interests. They cannot be trusted with our public services.  They have no solution to the housing crisis and no solution to the health crisis.  

“Sinn Féin is the only party with a costed, credible plan for health. We will recruit 6,600 additional frontline health workers increasing the number of beds, more services in the community and 3,800 additional nursing home places to tackle the recurring trolley crisis. We will roll out free GP care for all. We will also abolish prescription charges.

“We will address the housing crisis by building 100,000 social and affordable homes, empowering the Central Bank to set caps on mortgage interest rates and creating rent certainty by linking rent increases to inflation.

“We will prioritise community safety by recruiting 3,000 additional Gardaí to restore An Garda Síochána force levels to 14,250.  We will reverse the closure of Garda stations. 

“These are Sinn Féin’s priorities for government and we are asking the people for a mandate to deliver them.”

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