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Becky Kealy: "The Peoples Choice Must Be Listened To!"

Aontú Rep for Cork North-West, Becky Kealy has said the will of the Irish people is once more taking a back seat to party politics – as more than 100 days after the General Election, unelected Ministers continue to decide the immediate future of Irish society and as negotiations continue to form a government which represents everything but change. Over 100 days ago, the Irish people voted to reject the housing crisis, the healthcare crisis, and the inequality crisis, created by FG in government. At the present time, negotiations continue to reject the will of the people and ensure FG – without a mandate – continue to charter the course of this country’s future.


Becky Kealy: “The people voted for change. They voted for their counties to be looked after, and an end to this all roads lead to Dublin approach. The people voted for an affordable and accessible housing market – not a second installment of Eoghan Murphy as Housing Minister. The people voted for an end to waiting lists for treatment and for hospital beds for them and their loved ones – not aggravation of the healthcare crisis by Simon Harris. The people voted for better infrastructure, fair pay for fair work, for our farmers to be supported and not driven into extinction by a M50-blinkered government – the list goes on.”


In the meantime, a pandemic has occurred and communities have rallied to the cause of fighting Covid-19. Our nurses, our frontline workers, our farmers, our community volunteers and so many more have worked tirelessly to help in any way they can for the well-being of the Irish people. Concurrently, Simon Harris has presided over the devastation of our nursing homes. Katherine Zappone is crippling our childcare sector. And  as an Taoiseach questionably soaks in the sun – as churches, businesses and schools stay shut. The acting government is acting as if unaccountable to the Dáil and the Irish people – with powers of oversight and transparency undermined.”


That is why I am supporting the Dáil bill introduced by Aontú Leader Peadar Tóibín to ensure that unelected Ministers must resign their posts 6 weeks after an election is called. This bill is an important step towards addressing the democratic deficit in this country is addressed, and that the voices of those in Cork North-West, and across the country are heard. The people of Cork North-West deserve to be represented by a government that cares for them – not seen as them another electoral district.”

By Aontú Press | 1 June, 2020

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