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Sinn Féin President meets Mayo health organisations and unions

16 June, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP described his meeting with local health groups and unions in Mayo on Thursday 15th June as "very important and informative". Mr. Adams' meeting with the health organisations coincided with the launch of Sinn Féin's All-Ireland health policy document Healthcare in an Ireland of Equals.

Mr. Adams, who was joined at the meeting in Castlebar by party colleagues Councillors Gerry Murray and Noel Campbell, gave an overview of the health document before opening up a general debate on the different aspects of healthcare in the county.

After the meeting, Mr Adams said, "This meeting was about informing health groups of Sinn Féin policy and receiving informed comments from those groups that are at the frontline in terms of healthcare delivery. Sinn Féin's policies of a rights based approach to healthcare, our new emphasis on primary care, the need to end the two tier health system and our proposals on suicide prevention and drug and alcohol treatment among other sections of the document, were warmly welcomed."

Sinn Féin general election candidate in Mayo Councillor Gerry Murray told the meeting that "It is vital that the problems and ideas of our health workers are addressed if our health service is to function to its best ability."

Sinn Féin is meeting health groups right across the island of Ireland to discuss the issues surrounding better healthcare. ENDS

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