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The people of Meath deserve better – Burke

20 December, 2018 - by Sinéad Burke

Speaking tonight at the Meath West selection convention where she was selected to contest for the next General Election, Sinn Féin Cllr Sinead Burke said that the people of Meath deserve a better deal than they have received from a Government that has “wobbled between contempt and complacency in their treatment of the Irish public” and that their loyalty lies with “banks and vulture funds, not with the ordinary people”.

Cllr Burke said:

“From tonight, we are changing the conversation. Our general election campaign starts now. We have a plan and we know where we are going. It is going to be tough. It is going to be challenging, but it is going to be worth it. While we all have our own personal reasons to want to win this seat, it’s only fair to tell you mine.

“I am hungry for this because I am sick of sitting down every week with frightened families experiencing homelessness.

“I get angry when I see that small plastic children’s chairs are now permanently in the homeless officer’s room in Meath County council.

“I am fed up trying to secure mental health places for young people in a system that is inadequately managed and bursting at the seams.

“I am frustrated at seeing local voluntary groups who are the life blood of our communities having to shake buckets and scrimp and save to try providing even the most basic facilities for their service users.

“I am tired of hearing that we don’t have the money in this county for better roads, better footpaths, a proper tourism strategy, more community centres and playgrounds.

“I want a better deal for county Meath. The people of Meath deserve better.

“This Fine Gael government and their Fianna Fáil patsies have been wobbling between contempt and complacency in their treatment of the Irish public. Make no mistake; they have no time for anyone on a council housing list. They are not serious about solving our hospital crisis and they have no grá to start treating the people of Meath in particular with anything close to respect.  

“In the last week alone, they have decided to pay over €270 million to junior bond holders in Anglo Irish Bank. That’s where this government’s loyalty lies, to banks and to vulture funds, not to the ordinary people who paid up that money in the first place.

“Sinn Féin’s message of an equal and united Ireland is as important now as it has always been. However, in the light of the mess that is Brexit, it is imperative we keep the pressure on. It is Sinn Féin who have done the maths on what a United Ireland would look like and we can prove how everyone would benefit from it.” 

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