Adams raises Sruthán House in Dáil

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams today raised the future of Sruthán House in the Dáil with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today.

The Louth TD said:

“In February, the Minister of State with responsibility for disability issues, Deputy Finian McGrath, stated that the Government was committed to providing a range of accessible respite care supports for people with a disability and their families. 

He also stated that respite care was crucial in helping to reduce family stress, preserve the family unit and provide stability.

In direct contradiction of those words, the HSE unilaterally decided to close Sruthán House, a respite facility in Dundalk.

I have met the users of this facility. They and their families feel very strongly about this closure and I support them.

Will the Taoiseach ask the Minister of State, Deputy McGrath, to ensure that Sruthán House is protected and that the excellent service it provides will continue?”

In his response the Taoiseach said:

“An extra €10 million was provided in the budget for this year to provide additional respite care which is so important for families and carers. It allowed an additional respite house to be opened in each community healthcare region. I do not know the circumstances of the particular closure to which the Deputy referred, but I will ask the Minister of State, Deputy McGrath, to engage with him on it”.

Gerry Adams TD leads delegation to meet DKIT President and Staff

Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has praised the work of DkIT President Dr Michael Mulvey, staff and students following a visit to the campus on 21st June 2019. 
 
Gerry Adams said,
 
“I met with Dr Mulvey in March and at that time we discussed outreach by DKIT to prospective students in the North and from underrepresented communities in Dundalk. 
 
“On Friday I was delighted to lead a cross border delegation including Sinn Féin representatives Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú, Chris Hazzard MP, Emma Rogan MLA, Megan Fearon MLA and Cllr Oonagh Hanlon. 
 
“The Coordinator of Muirhevnamor Local Training Initiative, Gerry Bradley, Emma Maguire and Donna Conroy From the International Fund for Ireland project in Cox’s Demesne and Manager of the Redeemer Family Resource Centre, Colin Roche, also attended. 
 
“DKIT has a student population of over 5000, yet only 250 of these come from the north of Ireland. 
 
“In fact there are currently more international students at DKIT than northern students. 
 
“I am delighted to learn of the outreach work that DKIT is doing to promote the Institute across the north. The staff have converted all BTEC and A Level qualifications into the relevant Leaving Cert points equivalents so potential northern students can easily check appropriate courses. 
 
“I encourage Students from across the north to consider DKIT for further and higher education.”
 
Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú who also attended stated;
 
“I thank all of the staff at DKIT who took time on Friday afternoon to present to the delegation.  
 
“I was particularly interested in work of the Regional Development Centre, through which DKIT supports indigenous business start ups. This work is essential to ensure high value jobs are created in this region. 
 
“I also commend the College Connect project which is involved in outreach to underrepresented groups and communities and offers alternative pathways to accessing third level education.  
 
“I will continue to liaise with DKIT staff and communities across Louth to ensure that this world class facility is fully supported and utilised.”
 

Government Action needed to avoid planned Hospital Strike – Adams

Louth TD Gerry Adams has warned that the planned 24-hour strike by 10,000 hospital workers, including staff in Louth County Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda “will have a significant and serious impact on the provision of services.”

The Louth TD said: “The possibility of a further five days of strikes, on June 25 and 26 and July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th will put an enormous strain on the health service in Louth and across the state.”

Gerry Adams aid:

“This dispute between health workers and the HSE is over a failure by the HSE to implement pay increases arising from a job evaluation scheme. Health care workers involved include porters, household and catering services and healthcare assistants, maternity care assistants, laboratory aides, chefs and surgical instrument technicians.

This threatened strike comes on top of the recent strikes by ambulance staff belonging to the Psychiatric Nurses Association who have gone on strike seven times in pursuit of their demand for union recognition. The PNA are planning a further 24-hour strike sometime this month.

The HSE claim that recognition of the PNA would impair good industrial relations in the Ambulance Service is a nonsense. The denial of workers their constitutional right to form or join unions of their choice is what is impairing industrial relations in the health service.

At the same time the HSE and Department of Health have introduced a recruitment pause within the health service and the most recent figures released by the INMO showed that 9,015 admitted patients were forced to wait without hospital beds in May. Clearly there continues to be a serious capacity deficit.  

There is an onus on the government, and in particular the Ministers Harris and Donohoe  to take immediate action to resolve this dispute before June 20th – the date of the first strike. The decision by the Dept. of Public Expenditure to refer this situation to the Public Service Stability Agreement Oversight Group gives no reassurance that this matter is being treated with the urgency that is required”.

Adams Welcomes Additional Garda

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the decision of the Garda Commissioner to allocate 25 new Gardaí recruits to Drogheda ,adding to the frontline Services so urgently needed to respond to respond to the ongoing drug related crimes in the County.

Teachta  Adams said:

“The significant and ongoing escalation in violence and intimidation by drug gangs demands a robust response from adequately resourced Garda services in Louth.

I therefore welcome the announcement of additional Garda. 

However, the drug crisis and the associated violence it brings from gangs extends beyond Drogheda. 

In order to tackle the crisis effectively it needs to be adequately resourced in a holistic way.

It must include support services for drug addiction , mental health services .

In recent months my colleagues on Louth County Council and I have dealt with a number of families in the north Louth area that have been the victims of threats and attacks from these drug gangs.

We have also been working closely with the Louth Garda Division who have bluntly told us that Louth needs more Gardaì and support services .

I have recently urged An Taoiseach to commit to providing a significant increase in additional Gardaí resources from the upcoming budget.

Additional resources must be allocated fairly across the constituency.”

Dáil Motion on Seamus Ludlow case prepared

At the press conference at which the family of Seamus Ludlow launched their leaflet campaign Louth TD Gerry Adams  offered to seek support for a Dáil motion in support of the campaign.

Following discussions with the family of Seamus Ludlow they have agreed the text of a draft  motion which is being shared with other Dáil parties and Louth representatives.

Gerry Adams said:

“I want to commend the courage and resolve of the family of Seamus Ludlow who have been campaigning for truth and justice for 43 years.  Despite the many lies that were told and the obstacles that have been placed in their way the Ludlow family have remained steadfast.

The report by the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence & Women’s Rights into the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Murder of Seamus Ludlow (Barron Report) published in March 2006 called for two Commissions of Investigation to be established.

Sinn Féin has begun the process of speaking to the other Dáil parties seeking their support for the motion. Our objective is to secure cross party support for the motion which is calling on the government to implement the recommendations of the Joint Oireachtas Committee for two Commissions of Investigation.”