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Fine Gael stability has spelled 'chaos' for region, claims senator

Monday, 22nd February, 2016 7:32am

Fine Gael stability has spelled 'chaos' for region, claims senator

A Sinn Féin Senator has rubbished Fine Gael claims of ‘stability’ as "no more than vapid assertions" and insists that Cavan and Monaghan have been devastated under this government.

Senator Kathryn Reilly said that Fine Gael have overseen a government which has resulted in "chaos" almost across the board.

“The Irish people need a recovery that is fair and sustainable. The current recovery is neither. The Government talks about stability, but the reality is we have chaos in the hospitals, chaos in housing, chaos on the streets, record levels of homelessness. No amount of repetition of the word stability will make it real to all those Cavan and Monaghan families living with the impact of Fine Gael’s chaotic policies.

“Fine Gael’s policies are anti-family. For the last five years, they increased charges on everything families really need – your home, your water, your prescriptions, your education – leaving many very little to live on.

“There are endemic crises in our health services, in housing and in personal debt. There is a famine in public spending. If they get back into government, it will be worse because they have given away almost all of the money available to tax breaks that disproportionately benefit the wealthy.

“Fine Gael ‘stability’ in Cavan/Monaghan is social housing shortages, a crisis of homelessness, rising private property prices and increasing rents. In Cavan and Monaghan it has meant that 169 children are waiting 6 months and more for a physiotherapy appointment and 297 for an occupational therapy appointment. It has seen the closure of nine Garda stations. It has been cuts to the respite grant and the bereavement grant. It has only seen six IDA visits to Cavan and four to Monaghan.

The Ballyjamesduff politician, who's standing in the General Election said that the people of the constituency deserve better and Sinn Féin will not buy into the Government vision of "reinforcing private wealth and public squalor".

“We want to put the needs of working families at the top of the agenda. Sinn Féin’s plan for a fair recovery and long-term economic growth involves creating 250,000 new jobs, ensuring decent work for decent pay and a €10 billion investment in public services and tackling the housing crisis.”

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