A Sinn Fein government would deliver a better deal for Clare - Noeleen Moran
Sinn Féin General Election candidate Noeleen Moran officially launched her campaign tonight in Ennis and declared that "a Sinn Féin government would deliver a better deal for the people of Clare".
Ms Moran was speaking to an audience of supporters in the Old Ground Hotel, where she was joined by Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada.
"The Fine Gael and Labour Party government have used their five years in office to disempower, disillusion and deprive many people in Clare. Under the present government it is the banks, big business and wealthy elites who are enabled.
“We need a proper plan and adequate funding to bring about rural regeneration. The problems of GP practices, Post Offices, schools and garda station closures, are the consequences of government policy. While the GPs and Postmasters are right to assert their concerns, trying to resist those changes one by one wont work, but there is strength in unity. Sinn Féin has a vision for rural Ireland. A vision to make it a sustainable place to live and work where the quality of life is matched by the quality of public services.
“This government has demonstrated contempt for rural Ireland and despite talk of recovery no new industry and little investment has come to Clare. Roche has recently announced the closure of its Clarecastle plant which will have a devastating effect on workers their families and the local community. No replacement has been found yet for the closed Finsa factory in Scarriff.
“Health care is a huge issue. The lack of ambulance cover and waiting times for treatment is of particular concern. Our health service is failing us because it is a grossly inequitable two tier system. SF's plan which is carefully researched and costed is about delivering a system that can be accessed on the basis of need, free at the point of delivery and funded through progressive taxation.In contrast, Sinn Féin has published our comprehensive and fully costed pathway to delivering universal health care for all.
“Outside of Shannon there is little industry in Clare apart from tourism, and even that can't realise its potential because of lack of investment in basic infrastructure. Places like my own village of Ballyvaughan and villages like Liscannor are still waiting for sewerage systems. Even ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’, which should and could be a great asset, is suffering because of a lack of toilet facilities, parking and passing places for buses.
“In housing, over 3000 people wait on housing lists in Clare. 222 people presented themselves to the Clare county council homeless service last year. All these people have been failed by the present government. The banks were bailed out of financial difficulty by public funds now those same banks evict families from their homes. There is no debt forgiveness for ordinary families.
“Sinn Féin believes the right to housing is fundamental. The problem can only be solved by building social housing. We need a government that will stop siding with the banks and start working for ordinary people.
"A Sinn Fein government would deliver better deal for the people Clare, one which includes investment in public services, jobs and infrastructure and ends the historic neglect by successive governments led by the establishment parties.
"The election is fast approaching and the people of Clare now have a clear choice. It is a choice between the self-serving politics of Fianna Fáil, the regressive austerity & cuts practiced by Fine Gael and the Labour Party, or the progressive alternative represented by Sinn Féin. This is your opportunity to bring about the type of Ireland envisaged by the men and women of 1916."