Ceremony to mark 40th anniversary of Kay’s Tavern attack – Gerry Adams TD

DSC_3254_6510Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams this evening joined with the families of Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters, and with Justice for the Forgotten, in remembering their deaths at a wreath laying ceremony at the site of Kay’s Tavern, in Dundalk.

Mr. Adams who was joined by Councillors Pearse McGeough and Jim Loughran said:

“I want to commend the families of Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters who have worked tirelessly for 40 years, in very difficult circumstances, to raise awareness about this dreadful attack and to force the British state to provide information in its possession on those who were responsible.

“It is time that the British government honoured its commitment, brokered by US diplomats Richard Haass and Meghan O Sullivan at the first Stormont House Agreement last year, to engage in full disclosure in respect of information it has about the actions of its forces. This includes actions that its forces were directly involved in or actions it carried out in collusion with unionist paramilitaries.

“The British government’s refusal to provide information on this attack and on countless others is about protecting those who killed on its behalf and with its sanction

“Successive Irish governments have failed to defend the rights of victims of British state terror in this state. As a result the lawyers for the family of Seamus Ludlow are now taking a judicial review against the Minister for Justice. It is disgraceful that they have been forced to do this.”

 

Adams calls on Taoiseach to meet REGRET

DSC_3254_6510Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has asked the Taoiseach to meet with the parents of young women who have become ill since taking the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil.

The Louth TD raised the issue in the Dáil with the Taoiseach on Tuesday.

Gerry Adams said:

“I recently met the mothers of a number of young women from Louth and across the state who had received the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil. They outlined to me the background to their concerns that Gardasil is responsible for serious side effects which have left their daughters extremely ill.

The European Medical Agency has cleared this vaccine for use however it is clear that there are a substantial number of young women and their parents who attribute their illness to Gardasil.

The young women suffer from a variety of debilitating illnesses including symptoms such as complex regional pain syndrome and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.

Some of the symptoms are so severe that a number of the young women have had to leave school and their parents are faced with no other option but to quit work and become carers for their children.

These families want truth about their daughters medical conditions; help with treatment and financial and other supports, including the provision of disability allowance, carer’s allowance, medical cards and so on.

The Health Products Regulatory Authority has received 919 reports of adverse reactions and events associated with the use of Gardasil in this state. This could affect many more than the 175 families we know about, given that the condition can present by degrees. The 175 girls are displaying debilitating, long-term and chronic symptoms that include severe fatigue, short-term memory and concentration deterioration, food intolerances, visual disturbances, noise sensitivity, severe headaches, burning muscles and joint pain.

I very much regret that the Taoiseach failed to respond to my question but I have written to him on this.

These young people and their parents need the best support that can be provided.”

 

Failure of Government to recognise the State of Palestine utterly unacceptable – Adams

DSC_3254_6510On the first anniversary of the passing of a motion in the Dáil to recognise the State of Palestine, Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has called the refusal of the Government to recognise the Palestinian State “utterly unacceptable”, and has urged the Government “to act on the will of the Oireachtas to recognise the State of Palestine without delay”.

Teachta Adams said:
“On this day, the 10th December last year, the Dáil unanimously supported a Sinn Féin motion calling on the Government to support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to recognise the State of Palestine. The Seanad passed a similar motion a number of weeks previously.
“Unfortunately, rather than acting as a catalyst for change in the State’s approach to Ireland-Palestine relations, the Government has refused recognise the Palestinian State, despite the all-party and non-party agreement on the issue in both Houses of the Oireachtas.
“Ireland, with our colonial past, our history of resistance and a peace process of our own can undoubtedly play a leadership role in the search for peace and progress in the Middle East.
“The line peddled from the Government that the Palestinian people must wait until there is a peace settlement for recognition is not realistic. No settlement will be reached unless the international community steps up the plate and recognises that Palestinian statehood is an important step on the road to lasting peace. It is unjustifiable for the Government to continue its bias of recognising the State of Israel, but not the State of Palestine.
“The refusal of the Government to act on the will of both the Dáil and the Seanad is utterly unacceptable and the Government must without delay recognise the State of Palestine.”

Cllr Imelda Munster Slams Waiting Lists in Drogheda Hospital

Imelda Munster at deskCommenting on the latest hospital outpatient and inpatient waiting list figures for November 2015, Drogheda based Sinn Féin Councillor and General Election Candidate Imelda Munster has slammed the Government’s failure to tackle the waiting lists.

According to Cllr Munster, “the people have had enough of the Government’s incompetence and its mismanagement of our public health service”.

Cllr Munster said: “This month we have seen a paltry 2% decrease in the outpatient waiting list at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, which currently stands at just under 11,000 people. Despite all the bluster from our Minister for Health, he has failed to deliver on the promise he made that no patient would be waiting more than 15 months for treatment by the end of the year.

“In our Lady of Lourdes Hospital alone, there are almost 1,200 people waiting over one year with over 350 waiting for over 15 months on the outpatient and inpatient lists. It is clear that this Government is out of its depth and incapable of effectively tackling this crisis.

“Instead of investing in our health service, Fine Gael and Labour have compounded the years of underinvestment and mismanagement of the health service under Fianna Fáil Governments. This Government’s health policy is in shambles – our nurses are ready to go on strike, Universal Health Insurance has gone out the window and instead of providing the necessary investment to our chronically under resourced hospitals, this Government has fined them to the tune of €5.8 million in a desperate attempt to make this issue disappear in the run up to an election!

“This would be laughable if it was not so serious. In November of this year 578 admitted patients were cared for on trolleys in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda – a complete scandal.

“The people of Louth and frontline health workers can no longer afford to wait for this Government to get its act together – it is time to call an election and let the people have their say.”

Adams challenges Taoiseach on Ludlow murder

DSC_3254_6510Sinn Féin Louth TD and Party Leader Gerry Adams has challenged the Taoiseach to establish the outstanding Commissions of Investigation recommended by the Barron Commission and Joint Oireachtas report into the murder of Seamus Ludlow.

The Sinn Féin leader, who met the Ludlow family two weeks ago, raised the case with the Taoiseach on Tuesday in the Dáil. Described the Taoiseach’s response as “seriously inadequate” and called on the government to implement the recommendations of the Barron Commission and Joint Oireachtas Committee.

Gerry Adams told the Taoiseach:

“I met recently with the family of Seamus Ludlow who was shot dead by a Unionist paramilitary gang. His case was investigated by the Barron Commission and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights in its final report of March 2006. Both recommended that there should be two commissions of investigation. The Government has not moved on that.

Will the Government act on the recommendations?

Will it agree to implement the joint committee’s recommendation to establish the two commissions of investigation?”

In his response the Taoiseach said that Seamus Ludlow “is not the only one who has been involved here. Let us see how the North-South ministerial meeting on Friday progresses. It is First Minister Robinson’s last one. I hope Stormont can stand up to the test. I will consider the implications of what Deputy Adams has said in regard to the late Seamus Ludlow.”

Speaking after the debate Gerry Adams said:

“The Taoiseach needs to go beyond a consideration of the implications of the Ludlow case. The Final Report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee into the murder of Seamus Ludlow was published almost 10 years ago. Its recommendations are clear. Successive governments have failed to act on these.

While the British government has deliberately introduced restrictions on dealing with legacy issues in the north that effectively prevents families from getting information there is nothing to prevent the Irish government from proceeding with the Commissions of Investigations.

Instead of obstructing victims’ families in this jurisdiction the government should be fully supporting them. This should include the government honouring the recommendations of an Oireachtas report.”