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Micheál Martin’s words ring hollow on commitment to health service – O’Reilly

18 September, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this afternoon, Sinn Féin’s Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that Micheál Martin’s claims that Fianna Fáil intend on focusing on the health service in the upcoming Dáil term would be more believable if he and his party could actually be trusted to run the health service. 

Teachta O’Reilly said: 

“Speaking at his party’s think-in this morning, Deputy Martin outlined that heading into this new Dáil term and ahead of the budget that his party were going to focus on the health service. However, as far as I and many others around the state are concerned, these words are patently hollow given that he cannot be trusted as regards the health service. 

“Deputy Martin spent over a decade sitting at the cabinet table in Government, with a number of those years as Minister for Health; he is the quintessential establishment politician. He didn’t have the solutions to fix the problems then, and he doesn’t have them now. 

“The health service is not working for the majority of people in the state, including the workers in it; yet, it does work for the establishment. So, does anyone really think that an establishment politician like Deputy Martin can solve the crises that afflict it? 

“If past performance is the best indicator of future performance, it is clear that Deputy Martin and Fianna Fail, like Fine Gael, are not equipped to solve the problems in the health service. 

 “Sinn Féin can address the crises in the health service; we have listed and proposed numerous policies on dealing with the trolley crisis, the waiting list crisis, and how to reform the overall health service. The difference is we can be trusted, we have the strength, vision, and leadership to address the crisis in the health service.” 

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