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FG bad for your health, says SF
07 Feb 2016 18:06
"Fine Gael is bad for your health", read the slogan on the billboard campagin that Sinn Féin launched outside the Mater Hospital in Dublin this afternoon, writes Conor McMorrow of our political staff.
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Under a picture of people waiting on hospital trolleys, people were asked to vote for Sinn Féin "for a fairer recovery".
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However, party leader Gerry Adams found himself peppered with questions about how Sinn Féin’s alternative to the Special Criminal Court might work.
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Accompanied by party health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and election candidates Darren O’Rourke (Meath East) and Máire Devine (Dublin South Central), Mr Adams started by attacking the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.
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He said: "I want to take issue with the extraordinary comments from Leo Varadkar this morning."
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Reading out a quote from Mr Varadkar, he said, 'What can happen in some hospitals is sometimes, when they have more beds and more resources, that kind of slows things up'.
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"He said it means hospital staff 'don't feel as much under pressure'," said Mr Adams.
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Mr Adams said that is absolutely “Stupid. It’s a nonsense. It’s putting the blame on the staff and it is actually arguing in a daft way for hospital overcrowding.
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"I think that the legacy of Fine Gael and Labour on the issue is clear from all its broken pledges," said Mr Adams.
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Outlining his party’s healthcare plan, Mr Ó Caoláin pledged that: “Going into a second term we will deliver universal healthcare for all bringing to an end the two-tier health system that has discriminated against so many citizens and ill-served the healthcare needs of people over many decades."
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Mr Adams was asked for his reaction to Michael Noonan’s commitment to abolish the USC by 2020. He replied that, "People have heard all these promises before in the last election and they will have seen how Michael Noonan has cooked the books.
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"It’s obvious from his remarks this morning that he is going to try and bluff his way through this campaign. There is no commitment from this government to public services."
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