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Housing and Health cannot be held hostage to political games - Eoin Ó Broin TD

5 March, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has criticised Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for playing politics at the cost of addressing the ongoing crisis in housing, homelessness and health, which needs to be dealt with as a priority. 

Teachta Ó Broin said:

“Sinn Féin stood in the election on the platform of delivering a fair recovery, investing in public services and promoting Irish Unity. Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil both stood on a platform of tax cuts that benefit the better off and minimum investment in public services. There are no real policy differences between these two parties and together they command a majority.

“What we are witnessing is a political power play between these two parties while the housing and health crisis deepens. Micheál Martin stated recently that it could take longer than two months for a government to come together and  Fine Gael have failed to dispel this notion. 

“That is not good enough for the thousands in emergency accommodation or the hundreds who are waiting on hospital trolleys.

“The people have spoken in the election - there is a need for us all to be allowed to get on with the work for which we were elected. There is a need to establish a government and a functioning Dáil to hold them to account.  There is a need to end homelessness, end trolley waits and lift the burden on hardworking families. 

“Regardless of any of the political gamesmanship next week it is imperative that the acting housing and health ministers make themselves available to the Dáil to deal directly with the ongoing housing and health crisis.”

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