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Gerry Adams to address major health rally in Dublin on Saturday

20 October, 2006


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will address a major health rally in Dublin tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 21st October). Thousands of people are expected in the city centre to demand that the government end the crisis in the health service and deliver on the 3,000 beds required for acute hospitals. Mr. Adams said: It's time that the government used public finance to improve the public health system and not to help property developers build private hospitals. Now is the time to put the government under pressure'.

Speaking in advance of the rally Mr. Adams said:

"I am calling on people to take to the streets of Dublin tomorrow and put the government under pressure in the run up to the budget. We are demanding that the government intervene to end the crisis in the health service and end their map cap proposals to privatise health care services.

"A big turnout tomorrow will put the government under pressure to change their inadequate health care policies. It can also ensure that health is at the centre of the public debate in the upcoming general election campaign.

"The health service can be better. Sinn Fein is proposing a viable, realistic alternative approach which can end the current inefficient and unequal two tier health system." ENDS

Note to editor: The rally will depart from Parnell Square at 1pm and proceed down O'Connell Street, via D'Olier Street and back to the GPO where Gerry Adams will make his address. Also speaking at the rally will be party Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. The rally will be attended by many of the Sinn Féin leadership.

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