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Ó Caoláin sets out Sinn Féin priorities for upcoming Dáil term

29 January, 2008 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin's Leinster House team and members of the EU team met today in advance of tomorrow's resumption of the Dáil to discuss the party's political priorities over the coming weeks.

Speaking afterwards Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD set out the political priorities for the party for the coming Dáil session.

He said, "In the coming weeks Sinn Féin's focus will be firmly on our upcoming campaign against the Lisbon Treaty. In the Dáil we will be putting pressure on the Government to set a date for the referendum. Recent polls show that the number of voters who don't know how they will vote on the referendum has increased to 64%. This illustrates the urgent need for a balanced and robust debate on the Treaty and this should begin as soon as possible.

"Economic developments and in particular addressing the recent significant number of job losses will also be a key priority for Sinn Féin in this coming Dáil term. We will be highlighting the need for Government action to create new jobs and to retrain vulnerable workers. Deputy Morgan will also be questioning the Minister for Finance on his management of the economy in light of recent developments in the international financial markets including focusing on the impacts of those developments on the National Pensions Reserve Fund.

"Community Safety and addressing the policing and social needs of communities throughout the state will be another of Sinn Féin's key priorities for this Dáil term. Our Justice Spokesperson Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh will head up this campaign and will be seeking a meeting with the Justice Department in relation to it.

"Addressing the crisis in the health services will of course remain one of Sinn Féin's key priorities going forward and I will be demanding that the Minister for Health increase the threshold for qualification for the medical card. People are being denied access to primary care as a result of the scandalous failure by this Government to increase the thresholds in the December Budget.

"Rural and regional development will also be a priority for us in the term ahead." ENDS

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