Speaking in Dundalk this morning at a Sinn Féin National Officer Board meeting in advance of next week’s resumption of Dáil business, party leader Gerry Adams said:
“Health was one of the priorities in Enda Kenny’s famous 5-point plan before the last General Election.
“It was also a key issue in Fine Gael and Labour’s Programme for Government.
“In the new Statement of Government Priorities, announced by Joan Burton in July, the Health issue was quietly dropped.
“So, this Government has clearly turned its back on reforming our crumbling health system. This is seen clearly in the latest hospital overcrowding scandal.
“Here in Louth, there are very serious safety concerns about conditions at Our Lady of Lourdes on Drogheda with the Emergency Department witnessing extreme overcrowding.
“I have written to HIQA asking it to launch a full safety assessment and publish its findings.
“The immediate provision of extra beds, extra nurses, step-down facilities, long-term care and nursing home beds is the only long term solution to this crisis.
“That is what Sinn Féin will push for in the immediate period ahead.
“We will also seek to hold the Government to account on a complete reform of our outdated, two-tier health system.”