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Varadkar failing important challenges as Taoiseach - Mary Lou McDonald TD

30 March, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that “Leo Varadkar is failing big and important challenges as Taoiseach”.

Deputy McDonald continued:

“In the last week the truth about Mr Varadkar so-called ‘republic of opportunity’ has been exposed.

“Nearly 10,000 citizens are homeless and there has been a 50% increase in child homelessness in the last twelve months alone. 

“The latest INMO figures show the stark reality of the deepening overcrowding crisis in our hospitals.

“Last week’s Social Justice Ireland report showed that poverty is a reality, even for those in employment.

"For far too many people work is not paying. Too many people are barely getting by.

“The glossy marketing of the government’s performance bares very little relation to facts on the ground and certainly does not reflect the reality for so many families struggling to make ends meet.

“The spin unit has run out of road and the Taoiseach’s failures are now coming sharply into view.

“This Fine Gael led government, propped up by Fianna Fáil, will not deliver genuine solutions to the difficulties faced by ordinary people. 

"It’s clear, for real action on housing and health, for a fairer economy, Sinn Féin is needed in government.

"We would deliver affordable housing and tackle crisis rents. We would invest in our health service to deliver additional frontline staff and capacity.

"Crucially, we would turn the tide of the casualisation of labour and the undermining of workers rights.”   

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