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Fine Gael Has Failed Limerick – Gavan

22 December, 2016 - by Paul Gavan

Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan has accused Fine Gael of ‘failing Limerick’ on a number of key issues facing the city and county; citing the ongoing trolley crisis in University Hospital Limerick, the failure to support the M20 motorway, and the city’s exclusion from rent controls as evidence.

Senator Gavan said:

“Limerick continues to be treated as the poor relation by this Government and Fine Gael has to accept that the blame lies with them. They have failed the people of Limerick with regard to healthcare, transport, and housing.

“UHL continues to have the highest number of patients on trolleys in accident and Emergency, forcing hospital staff to work under impossible pressures. Meanwhile, plans for the opening and staffing of the new Emergency Department continue to be in disarray, hampered by a lack of adequate funding for beds and staff. We are 96 beds short in our major hospital and this government has refused to back funding to fix this.

“The decision not to back the M20 motorway project to link Limerick and Cork is a major failure. This link will be crucial in the fight to deliver long term growth for the local economy and is another opportunity missed.

“Finally, the decision to exclude Limerick from rent controls, in stark contrast to Dublin and Cork, leaves our tenants at the mercy of further price hikes in rent. Talk of reviewing this decision is all very well, but each passing week allows unscrupulous landlords and corporate vulture funds the opportunity to drive up rents further.

“Ultimately, all of these key issues point to a failure on the part of Fine Gael, and their local representatives, to speak up and insist on a fair deal for Limerick City and County. We've heard all sorts of claims about what will be delivered but the facts speak for themselves. Political promises will be cold comfort to patients lying on trolleys, or tenants facing rent hikes in the New Year.” 

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