Brexit chaos threat to Louth – Adams

Commenting on the current crisis arising from Brexit withdrawal agreement Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams

” Brexit is a deadly serious issue. It poses a significant threat to the economy of County Louth, to jobs and infrastructure. It threatens the two economies on this island, will undermine social cohesion, and directly attacks the Good Friday Agreement. The crisis within the British government, the chaos within Westminster, and the fallout between the DUP and the Tory leader Theresa May highlights the stupidity, insanity, absurdity and ludicrousness of Brexit.

“In the referendum in 2016 the clear majority of voters in the North voted to remain within the EU. The DUP and the British government continue to disrespect that democratic vote.

“Sinn Féin has consistently campaigned for the North to be designated a special status within the EU in order to ensure there is no hard border and that communities and businesses, especially along the border corridor, are protected. Our MEPS led this effort in the European Parliament. In Ireland, North and South and in Westminster we consistently pressed this proposal.  The draft withdrawal agreement, and in particular the backstop arrangement, if implemented would go some way to achieving this objective.

“However we should not lose sight of the fact that the current draft withdrawal agreement will not stop Brexit. The British Conservative Government remains committed to scrapping the Human Rights Act that is the foundation stone on which the equality and human rights elements of the Good Friday Agreement are based. Moreover, the British Prime Minister repeated her intention in recent days to end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and the Common Agricultural Policy.

“The reality is that the agreement reached between the EU and the British can only moderate some of the worst aspects of Brexit. As one of the four remain parties in the north, which represent the majority view, Sinn Féin is determined to ensure that our economy, communities, the rights of citizens and the Good Friday Agreement are protected.”

New Programme for Government recipe for more chaos in ED’s – Adams

DSC_3254_6510Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams questioned the Tánaiste during Leaders questions in the Dáil on the crisis in the health service and in particular our emergency departments. The Louth TD specifically raised the case of Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda which in the last 48 hours has had at least 49 patients on trolleys.

The Louth TD warned that; “the chaos in our emergency departments will not be resolved by the government’s ill-considered and underfunded two tier approach.”

Teachta Adams said:

“The delayed HSE report for January and February revealed that 2,700 patients aged over 75 years spent more than 24 hours on trolleys in emergency departments across the state.

Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda continues to be among the top three hospitals in the state with the worst trolley wait figures.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week 49 patients were on trolleys.

The HSE report also revealed in the first two months of this year that 8600 patients waited for over a day before being admitted to hospital.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation in its report on trolley figures recorded that in March there were 9,381 patients on trolleys.

This is an increase on last year and double the figure for March 2008.

Clearly government policy is fuelling the deteriorating conditions in our emergency departments despite the best efforts of a dedicated staff.

Hospital consultants have already criticised the new Programme for Government claiming that the proposals on tackling trolley waits are a “watered-down” plan and amount to “steps backwards rather than forwards.”. In a statement they warned that “the current minimalist Programme for Government is likely to see a further 1500-1750 members of the community die as a result of this inertia.”

The chaos in our emergency departments will not be resolved by the government’s ill-considered and underfunded two tier approach.”

 

Louth Gov. TDs should support Sinn Féin Dáil motion to ease ED Crisis – Cllr Imelda Munster

imelda photo orangeSinn Féin General Election candidate Cllr Imelda Munster is calling on all Louth TDs to vote in favour of the Sinn Féin’s private members motion, which proposes key actions to ease the crisis gripping our Emergency Departments throughout the state.

The motion will be debated and voted on in the Dáil this week.

Councillor Munster said:

“Sinn Féin’s motion proposes key actions that the Fine Gael and Labour Party government can take to ease the crisis in our emergency departments.”

“People here in our own town have had enough empty promises and bluster, they deserve and want to see results. The crisis faced daily at Our Lady of Lourdes is not new, it continues because Minister Varadkar, supported by Drogheda’s own Deputies Nash and O’Dowd and his colleagues are failing to grasp the frightening scale of the crisis in the health service”

“The people of Louth remember the litany of previous promises; regional centres of excellence, retention of services at Louth hospital, new 100 bed nursing home units. The Taoiseach and two Ministers for Health have completely failed to live up to promises for our health services. We have also seen the previous Fianna Fáil led government stand idly by while Louth County hospital was downgraded.”

“The measures proposed in the Sinn Féin motion are aimed at easing the crisis. INMO trolley watch figures for 2015 are frightening, yesterday we saw 424 people on trolleys, with 33 here in Our Lady of Lourdes. We are calling for the government to increase the number of hospital beds available in the system. This will help get patients off trolleys and into hospital beds in wards where they belong.”

“Sinn Féin has also identified the need to recruit more emergency department nurses. We must increase home help hours and home care packages, to help alleviate the pressure hospitals find themselves under. Funding for the Fair Deal Scheme must be further increased. We need more nursing home beds in order to improve the capacity of public nursing home provision.”

“This motion is about the opportunity to make different choices. I am calling on all Louth TDs to do the right thing and to vote in favour of the Sinn Féin private members motion “

 

 

Adams – Cabinet Chaos over Rent Certainty

DSC_3254_6510Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD this morning raised the crisis in housing and homelessness and the dispute between Labour and Fine Gael over increasing rents within the private rent sector.

Gerry Adams said:

Minister Alan Kelly has been promising the introduction of Rent Certainty since the Labour Party conference in February. He said this was his number one priority. Speaking then Minister Kelly said: “What we’re looking at is a process whereby people can have some certainty as regards rent into the future while [housing] supply is being dealt with.”

The Minister said that he was committed to “entering the market to change this. It has to be done.”

The Taoiseach disagrees. He has warned against interfering in the market. Speaking in the Dáil on October 14th Enda Kenny said: “it is clear that interference in the market, to its detriment, is not something we should do. While people are calling for what they call ‘clarity’ on rent certainty, if we interfere in the wrong way we will make matters worse.”

Given these diametrically opposed positions it is little wonder there is chaos in the Cabinet or that Ministers are at war with each other. The Minister for the Environment has accused those of his Fine Gael colleagues who are briefing against rent certainty as ‘anonymous cowards’.

But the chaos in the Cabinet is nothing compared to the instability and chaos inflicted by the government on families who cannot afford to pay the increasing rents being demanded by landlords. The Government’s refusal to deal with the housing crisis is causing widespread chaos and hardship for families.

Since it took office, rents have increased by 35%. 90% of cases are above rent supplement limits. Families cannot afford them and are being forced from their homes and into emergency accommodation.

There are now 1,500 children living in homeless accommodation in Dublin.

The response of the Government has been incoherent, incohesive and chaotic with Ministers briefing against each other instead of dealing with housing crisis. The Minister promised rent certainty. Fine Gael is resisting this. 24 Fine Gael Oireachtas members are landlords. Is this a factor?

My question, which the Taoiseach refused to answer, is when will the government deliver rent certainty?”