An Garda Síochána should investigate St John of God secret payments

Sinn Fein president and Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed his deep concern at the HSE audit report into St John of God Services which has found serious evidence of secret payments to senior managers.

Gerry Adams said: 

“While St. John of God has consistently failed to deliver the quality care it is supposed to, especially for citizens with disabilities, it has been secretly paying its senior management huge sums of money in a flagrant breach of the rules for public sector pay.

“The failure of the St John of God organisation to comply with public pay policy for 30 years is a scandal. 

“An Garda Síochána should now be asked by the HSE to investigate the St John of God payments to senior managers.” 

 

Fine Gael’s AIB sell-off not in the best interests of ordinary people – Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has strongly criticised the Government’s decision to sell-off 25% of Allied Irish Bank. He said that the move was part of Fine Gael’s privatisation agenda and not in the best interests of citizens.

Speaking to the Taoiseach at Leaders Questions on 31st May, Teachta Adams said;

“Twenty billion euro of taxpayers’ money was invested into AIB. Now, Fine Gael is going to sell it as part of your privatisation agenda. It will not benefit the people of this State.

“Sinn Féin believes this is the wrong. It is based on your narrow ideological view. Under the Supply & Confidence Agreement, you have Fianna Fáil leader’s support for this sell-off.

“During the height of the Celtic Tiger, Sinn Féin argued for the surplus to be invested in essential public services, including a public health service and housing.

“That was dismissed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour and the Greens. You wouldn’t socialise the wealth.

“When the banks got into trouble, you had no problem socialising their debt and now you are back to where you started. The biggest bank under state control, saved by the people’s money, shows a profit and you want to give it back to your friends as quickly and as cheaply as possible.

“Will you explain to all those people out there who have borne the brunt of your austerity policies and who carry the full weight of private banking greed, why you have authorised this sale of their asset?

“Many people were angry at your mantra that we must ‘Keep the Recovery Going. What recovery?’, people asked. It is only now that I see what you meant and how you have kept to that commitment.

“The recovery you spoke about wasn’t for working people, the elderly, hospital patients, the homeless, those in mortgage arrears, or our emigrants. No, your recovery was for the bankers.”

Adams: Retention of services at Daisy Hill a Victory for Local Communities

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed confirmation from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust that there will be no reduction in Emergency Department provision at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry.

An Teachta Adams said;

“I received written confirmation today (attached) from Francis Rice, the interim Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, which stated that ‘sufficient support has been secured from sister Trusts to stabilise Daisy Hill for the foreseeable future’.

“While I welcome this news I will be monitoring developments to ensure the permanent retention of all services, including 24 hour emergency department cover.

“I applaud those members of the community who successfully challenged the Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s plans for temporary overnight closures.  I have no doubt that in the absence of such community resistance overnight closures would have been an inevitability and would have led to other services being lost at the hospital.

“Full retention of all healthcare services at Daisy Hill is vital, primarily for citizens living in the Armagh, Newry and South Down areas, but also for people from North Louth and parts of County Monaghan who access treatment at the hospital.

The Sinn Féin president continued;

“I am also heartened that the Southern Health and Social Care Trust has restated its commitment to the cross border Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT) project which benefits a significant number of people from Louth to access services such as ENT, Urology and Vascular treatments as well as Kidney Dialysis.

“I will be working with my Sinn Féin colleagues in Newry Armagh and South Down towards the enhancement of cross border cooperation in healthcare which makes sense for border residents.”

Louth missing out on FDI jobs – Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has described recent figures on IDA jobs created in Louth and the Border Region as “deeply depressing”. Information provided by the Minister for Jobs in respect of IDA investment raises real concerns about the disparity in such jobs across the state but especially in the Border Region.

Gerry Adams said: “Border counties fare particularly badly in the provision of IDA supported jobs and with the Brexit already having an adverse impact on the economy, that situation could get worse without proper planning and funding by government.”

Teachta Adams said:

“Earlier this week my colleague Maurice Quinlivan identified serious gaps in the provision of IDA backed jobs across the state based on responses he received to Parliamentary Questions.

When analysed and set again the recent census population numbers it emerged that there is 1 IDA supported job for every 23 citizens in the state. However, this statistic varies significantly depending on where you live. For example, Galway and Cork top the list for most IDA jobs per capita, with 1 job for every 15 people, followed by Dublin with 1 job for every 16 people.

“Those living in the six border region counties, including Louth, are between two and five times worse off than areas like Dublin and Cork. The disparity for Monaghan is 1 job for every 447 people. For Donegal it is 1 job – 52 people. Cavan is 1 job – 63 people. Louth is 1 job for 35 people. Sligo is 1 job for every 28 people and Monaghan is 1 job for every 447 people.

“In Dublin, 9,000 new jobs were added in 2016, but in Louth the figure was 453. In Sligo the net gain was 190. In Cavan it was 41. In Leitrim it was 3. In Donegal it was 145. While in Monaghan the number of IDA jobs created in 2016 was 7.

“That means the six acknowledged border counties secured a miserly net gain of 839 IDA supported jobs in the border county out of 18,627 IDA backed jobs across the state in 2016.

“The IDA does huge work in creating new jobs. Over the decades it has proven itself to be an invaluable agency in attracting investment into the state. However, there is a huge imbalance in the distribution of these jobs across the state. The responsibility for this must rest with the government. It must ensure that investment and jobs are evenly distributed throughout the state and especially between large urban centres and rural and border regions.

“Border counties fare particularly badly in this analysis and, with the Brexit already having an adverse impact on the economy, that situation could get worse without proper planning and funding by government.”

Note: Please note IDA Jobs (2016) is total number of IDA jobs in each county in that year.

 

Negotiations must yield results for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers – Adams

Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams TD, along with Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Health, Louise O’Reilly TD, met with Vertex, the manufacturer of the cystic fibrosis treatments Orkambi and Kalydeco on Wednesday 5th April.

Following the meeting Gerry Adams said;

“Sinn Féin has again met with Vertex in an effort to assist in making Orkambi and Kalydeco available to those Cystic Fibrosis (CF) sufferers whom it will benefit.

“I impressed upon the Vertex representative that conflicting media reports and uncertainty are negatively impacting the lives of CF sufferers as their negotiations with the HSE continue.

“Both Teachta O’Reilly and I have met many CF patients and their families and we have been moved by their daily battles with CF.

“We believe that these citizens should be able to avail of the most effective treatments which have the potential to enhance their quality of life.

“Vertex and the HSE must conclude negotiations and enable access to these CF medications for sufferers as a matter of urgency.”