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Minister admits Government failing Meath

8 March, 2005

Sinn Féin candidate for the Meath by-election, councilor Joe Reilly has said that Noel Dempsey "has proved the point that Meath needs change." He said that "Both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have had their chance to deliver for Meath and both have failed.

Speaking this morning he said "Last night Minister Dempsey admitted that one of Meath's biggest problems is the lack of infrastructure. This is an amazing statement coming from a Meath TD who has had three ministerial posts in the last two Governments. In saying this he is admitting the Government's failures. If a Fianna Fáil Minister from Meath cannot deliver for Meath in two terms of Government then why should the people of Meath elect another Fianna Fáil TD.

"In relation to road tolls Minister Dempsey said that those who do not wish to use the new motorway can use the old N3. Does he mean that the people who cannot afford to use the new motorway, due to the tolls, should go the long way to Dublin? Is this the opinion of the Fianna Fáil candidate? He has proved the point that Meath needs change.

"Fine Gael is quick to point out that Meath needs change, and they are correct. But the fact is that they have had their chance too. The county has been split between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for over ten years now and in that time the county has become a residential commuter belt with insufficient facilities. Major infrastructural and transport issues have become worse, its backwards we are going instead of forwards.

"Both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have had their chance to deliver for Meath and both have failed. Its time for radical change. Sinn Féin is offering that change, we are offering the people of Meath an alternative to the failed conservative policies of the establishment parties." ENDS

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