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FG Government 'a sinking ship irrespective of captain at the helm' – O’Reilly

17 February, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the Fine Gael Government is a sinking ship irrespective of the captain at the helm, highlighting that the media hype around the internal Fine Gael leadership row is deflecting from the crises in health that are gripping people’s lives in real life.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“The Fine Gael Government is a sinking ship irrespective of the captain at the helm. Media and public concentration on who will take over from Enda Kenny whenever he signals his intent to step down is deflecting from the real, pressing issues of the present; waiting lists, trolley crises and serious under capacity in our health service.

“The real and clear fact is that while the deck chairs may move in Government, the same failed policies will remain. We will have a new Taoiseach who will be equally as complicit in the scandals and crises that have gripped the health service; indeed, one potential candidate according to media reports is the Minister for Health himself.

“The media circus around the Fine Gael leadership is playing into their hands as they do not have to be held account for the crises they are governing over. Questions are not being asked of patients languishing in pain waiting for hospital appointments, why emergency departments are stretched to overcapacity or why our medical professionals are being forced into industrial action. 

“We have a perpetual health crisis and one which is being neglected because of political posturing and grandstanding. We are lurching from crisis to crisis weekly- from overcrowded A&Es to cancelled surgeries. It is all inextricably linked. We need to stop the public charade of pretending that a new Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader will change anything and remember that it is only when this Government is removed in its entirety that change may occur and that does not mean going back to the default position of Fianna Fáil, who themselves laid the foundations for the crises that we see.” 

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