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Taoiseach’s comments on North Inner City extremely alarming - Mary Lou McDonald TD

15 June, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she is extremely alarmed in the Taoiseach’s comments in the Dáil today about the North Inner City particularly as they come following his visit there last night.

The Dublin Central TD said;

“The Taoiseach’s comments in the Dáil today in relation to the North Inner City were an attempt to belittle the problems faced by the community there.

“You would think from listening to him that all that was need in that community is a lick of paint and a sweeping brush and all would be fine.

“This is extremely alarming given the fact that he visited the community just last night and heard first hand accounts of the major social problems caused by many years of government neglect.

“He is clearly in denial of the fact that successive governments, including his own government for the last five years, have contributed directly to the many social problems faced by this and other communities.

“If he is genuinely intent on dealing with this issue then denial of the glaringly obvious cause of the problem is not a good start.

“I will be meeting Minister Damien English on this issue this evening and will be raising my concerns with him.

“I welcome the Taoiseach’s visit last night but we need him to get a grip on this issue and to get some understanding of the gravity of the problems faced by these communities.”

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