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Dublin Sinn Féin to stage citywide protests as part of a national Day of Action on healthcare

12 May, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has invited people across Dublin to take part in citywide public events and protests to highlight the crisis in the health service. Sinn Féin's Day-of-Action on healthcare will begin at the GPO on O'Connell Street at 11am tomorrow, Saturday 13th with an event attended by the party's elected representatives from across Dublin city and county. It will be followed by local events across Dublin.

Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Féin TDs Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Seán Crowe will be available to talk to the media at the GPO tomorrow, Saturday 13th, at 11am.

Ms. McDonald said:

"Access to decent healthcare is one of the biggest issues facing people today. We have just come through one of the worst winters in recent years for Accident and Emergency units with up to 490 people per day waiting on trolleys and chairs at its worst. At the root of this crisis is the fact that we have a grossly unequal, two tier, public-private system. Those who can afford it can get the best care quickly. Everyone else has to wait, sometimes for years. Sinn Féin is demanding change.

"Tomorrow, as part of a wider campaign on Health, Sinn Féin will be holding protests across Dublin city and county. We are calling on people not just to complain about the health services but to campaign and to demand the decent, equitable and efficient services that we need." ENDS

Sinn Féin Day-of-Action on healthcare

Dublin events will begin in the City Centre at the GPO - O' Connell Street at 11am with a protest attended by Sinn Féin's MEP, TDs and Councillors from across Dublin.

Clondalkin - Picket at Mary Harney‚s constituency office. Main Street Clondalkin 1pm to 2pm

Donaghmede - Picket and Leafletting - Donaghmede Shopping Centre 12:30pm

Coolock - Picket and Leafletting - Northside Shopping Centre - 2pm

Phibsboro - Stall and Leaflet drop Phibsboro Shopping Centre 2pm

Dun Laoghaire - Picket at Loughlinstown Hospital - 12pm and leaflet drop and Street Theatre Dun Laoghaire Main Street at 1.30pm

Tallaght - Picket at Tallaght Hospital 1pm - 2pm

Dundrum - Picket and leafletting at Dundrum shopping centre 1pm - 2pm

Dublin South East - Launch of constituency health survey

Crumlin - Picket and leaflet drop Crumlin Shopping Centre - 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Ashleaf Shopping Centre - Picket and leaflet drop - 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Ballyfermot - Picket and leaflet drop - Tescos, Upper Ballyfermot Road 12.30pm to 1.30pm

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