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Mask slips for Fine Gael’s Anti-Union Junior Minister – O’Reilly

21 August, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this afternoon, Sinn Féin TD and Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has said that Junior Minister Jim Daly’s anti-union comments will do nothing to address the crisis in our health service and are further evidence of this Government’s disrespect towards our nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“I find it utterly outrageous that in the midst of a crisis in our health service, which in the main is due to mismanagement by successive health ministers, Jim Daly would use his position as a Minister for State at the Department of Health to launch a tirade against unions in the health service.

“The comments blaming unions as a barrier to reform are patently untrue. The biggest barrier to reform is an inept Health Minister who has no ideas to address the problems in the health service, not the unions representing our hardworking nurses, doctors, and allied health professionals.

“Minister Daly’s comments are a classic example of this Government’s response to a problem; blame someone else.

“Furthermore, such pointed remarks are a clear example of this Government’s disrespect towards healthcare staff and those that represent them.  Let us not forget An Taoiseach Varadkar’s comments during the Fine Gael leadership election where he wanted a Thatcherite ban on strikes in certain areas of the public service.

“All workers have a right to join a trade union and that trade union has a right to represent their members and Minister Daly would do well to respect that instead of using tricks straight out of the Thatcher playbook in trying to manipulate public opinion against unions and their members.” 

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