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Ó Caoláin spends day meeting Healthcare groups as part of SF National Healthcare Campaign

2 June, 2006

As part of Sinn Féin's National Healthcare Campaign Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has been engaged in numerous meetings throughout this morning with a variety of Healthcare Groups in County Clare and is this afternoon in North Tipperary where he is meeting, among others, activists from the Nenagh Hospital Action Group before he speaks at the Sinn Féin general election selection convention for the North Tipperary constituency.

Deputy Ó Caoláin spent the afternoon in County Clare where local republicans had the local launch of the recently published Sinn Féin Healthcare policy document entitled 'Healthcare in an Ireland of Equals'. He met with local Sinn Féin activists and with people from a variety of healthcare groups including carers, representatives of a downs syndrome support group and a visually impaired support group. He also met with the management, staff and service users of the Disabled People of Clare at their offices.

He met with Peadar McNamara of Ennis General Hospital Development Committee with whom he has a long standing working relationship and he commended and congratulated Peadar and his team on their ongoing efforts to secure the future of and development of Ennis General Hospital. He then paid a visit to Ennis General Hospital where he met with campaigners and staff and had a short walkabout.

This afternoon he will be in North Tipperary where he will meet with the Nenagh Hospital Action Group and will continue meetings with healthcare groups throughout the North Tipperary constituency where tonight he will be the guest speaker at the Sinn Féin general election selection convention for North Tipperary.

Speaking on his way to Tipperary Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "Healthcare, or the lack of it, is the single biggest concern facing the public today. Today's meetings are been part of Sinn Fein's national campaign which will include meeting with health workers and unions to discuss the proposals set out in our health document 'Healthcare in an Ireland of equals', public meetings and the distribution of thousands of newsletters, leaflets and posters. This campaign will be brought to every county and will form a central part of Sinn Féin's campaign in the run up to the next election." ENDS

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