Government choosing to ignore crises in our public services – Pearse Doherty TD
Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has accused the Government of ignoring the ongoing crisis in health and housing by refusing to invest €1.4 billion available to the State under the fiscal rules.
Teachta Doherty said;
“By making the decision not to invest €1.4 billion available under the fiscal rules, this Fine Gael led Government are choosing not to address the social crises clearly seen across the State.
“That lack of investment has resulted in hospital waiting lists standing at over 700,000, it resulted in 100,000 people waiting on trolleys in our hospital’s emergency departments last year along, and it has resulted in over 4,000 children sleeping in emergency accommodation last night.
“It is absolutely reckless that we have a government that has now decided - when there is money available - not to invest that to help meet the challenges we face as a society.
“Trying to normalise lacklustre public services is not good political practice for the Taoiseach. It is socially and economically irresponsible.
“Everyone appreciates the value in putting a few bob aside for an unexpected event or an emergency, but we have emergencies now and they’re not going to fix themselves.
“They need investment, which the Minister is proposing to hold back and that’s shocking.
“The choices made in October will either deepen the prevailing social crises in the State, or they will tackle them head-on."