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No government concern for vital public service jobs – O’ Reilly

7 September, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Louise O’ Reilly TD has questioned why the government is so preoccupied with the completely unfounded prospect of Apple job losses, while on the other hand neglecting the devastating effect that recruitment embargoes have had on the HSE.

Speaking during the Dáil debate on the Apple Tax today, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O’Reilly said:

“There will be a lot of talk today in this chamber and outside about the unfairness in our government going to bat for a multinational corporation while the citizens of this state can only look on in dismay at what they are doing.

“Since 2009 with all the talk of no alternatives, not once did this or the last Government dig in their heels. When the Troika rocked into town, you bent yourselves out of shape to accommodate them.  You are more preoccupied with fighting the European Commission on an issue you are so clearly wrong on, that you abjectly ignore the realities of our crippled public services.

“Earlier this year in May, only 92 nurses had availed of the incentive package which was offered by the HSE to attract nurses home to work in the Irish health system. With a pay packet like this, a health service under pressure and a Government of Tweedledum and Tweedledee like yourselves, how would you expect any nurse to stay and work in our health service?

“You have used scaremongering about jobs in respect of this appeal. ‘Won’t someone think of the jobs created by these corporations’ you lament.  Yet you ignore the fact that Apple made a statement committing itself to Ireland and pledging ongoing investment. Irrespective of the Commission ruling they are here to stay. This ruling, as my colleague Deputy Doherty noted, is a legacy issue. 

“So why not show genuine concern for those jobs in our public services? Why not lament over the fact that we see recruitment pauses- effectively recruitment bans- right across the health services because of a famine of funding? Why not lament about those jobs already there where our workers are underpaid, over worked and carrying the very services they work in because of chronic underinvestment?

“The jobs in Apple are safe. But you can’t get a targeted recruitment campaign for nurses right.

“You, Minister, Taoiseach, your allies in Fianna Fáil and Labour – you all need to get your priorities straight on this one. Because right now you are so wrong, so out of touch, that it is embarrassing.”

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