Aontú Leader Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has hit out at Taoiseach Micheál Martin over his comments to Deputy Tóibín to “get real” over fears of increased Cancer Deaths and Advanced Cancer Diagnoses arising from delayed resumption of Cancer Services.

An Teachta Tóibín:

“In the Dáil, I questioned the Taoiseach over the fact Cancer Services would not fully resume till the end of 2021, and the effect this would have on increased morbidity, increased advanced Cancer diagnoses and increased Cancer deaths. I told the Taoiseach that “480 people will get Cancer today. 24 people will tragically die of Cancer today. Full services will not resume until the end of 2021.”

“The Taoiseach was annoyed by being questioned over the real-life consequences of his government’s Closure of Cancer Services. The Taoiseach told me to “get real” and “be bloody realistic” over increased morbidity, increased advanced Cancer diagnoses and increased Cancer deaths. If ever an exchange encapsulated how out of touch this government is this is one. There are so many families in the darkest places who are struggling to get life or death treatment and cant. Yet the raising of their plight is met with contempt from the Taoiseach. This is an absolutely disgraceful comment and an insult to those fearful over the disruption of Cancer Services by the government’s policies.”