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Health cutbacks will be resisted – Sinn Féin

13 September, 2007

Speaking at Leinster House where he welcomed new Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty who takes his seat in the Seanad today, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said threatened cuts in health services should and would be resisted.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
"The Seanad is resuming its work today and the Dáil will return in less than a fortnight. Sinn Féin will be making the crisis in our health services our top priority in the new Oireachtas and in our campaigning in the coming months. Already this Government is presiding over cutbacks in health provision with the HSE's ban on recruitment of front-line staff and with hospitals around the country being forced to restrict services to the public. Health unions are preparing to take action and we urge support for them as these cuts should and will be resisted.
"We will be launching major campaigns around health and also regional development and community safety. We will be launching proposals for job creation and housing. Our priority is the delivery of first-class public services.
"I am delighted to welcome my colleague and the party's first Senator Pearse Doherty to the Oireachtas today. Pearse will utilise his seat in the Seanad to help deliver real change for communities.
"The Fianna Fáil/PD legacy of failure has been very clear over the past summer. Inflated house prices are falling but many thousands of people have still not been provided with adequate homes. The health crisis continues. Aer Lingus - which should never have been privatised - is acting against the country's infrastructural interests. The community at Rossport is still under siege and our natural resources are being robbed, as we see from continuing protests there.
"There are huge challenges ahead in the economy, in public service delivery and in the daily lives of people throughout this country. We intend to hold this government to account every day of the week and put forward real alternatives. We will seek to build alliances both inside and outside Leinster House. We will be working with our Ministers in the Executive and we will continue our work for Irish unity." CRíOCH

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