“When the Taoiseach Enda Kenny stated that the next general election will be fought between Fine Gael and Sinn Féin, he needs to be reminded that Fianna Fáil has not gone away,” says Cllr Michael Smith
Fianna Fáil won the most seats in the local elections just nine months ago and will be in the frame for the formation of a new government whenever the election is held.
Speaking at a meeting in Templemore, Cllr Michael Smith said: “Notwithstanding the problems that the last Fianna Fáil government faced in laying the foundations for economic recovery, we have a proud history of achievement down through the years. Having spearheaded major advances in our educational system, the time is now right for Fianna Fáil to spell out again how the next phase in this important area is to be developed.
“The universal social charge was brought in as an extreme measure when the economic situation required such a drastic step. Now that the economy is in somewhat of a recovery, Fianna Fáil must demonstrate how this burden can be eased. The story of patients on corridors in our hospitals is an unacceptable every day phenomenon. At the same time, we have hundreds of patients ready for discharge from our major hospitals. With empty beds in many of our nursing homes and spare accommodation in all our smaller hospitals, surely it is possible to solve both of these matters without delay.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.