“These by-elections are an important opportunity for voters to demonstrate to Fine Gael and Fianna Fail who support them in government that their terrible failures are no longer acceptable.”

Co-leaders of the Social Democrats, Róisín Shortall TD and Catherine Murphy TD, welcomed the opportunity provided by the by-elections to hold the Government to account.

“These by-elections are an important opportunity for voters to demonstrate to Fine Gael and Fianna Fail who support them in government that their terrible failures are no longer acceptable.

We are putting forward three strong candidates in the By-Elections on Nov 29th – Tracey Carey in Dublin Fingal, Sinéad Halpin in Cork North Central and Anne-Marie McNally in Dublin Mid-West.

On the doors, they keep getting asked by voters, ‘Is this as good as it gets?’. On November 29th, voters will have the opportunity to say to this Government that we can and must do better.”

Tracey Carey, Dublin Fingal, said “The human cost in ordinary people’s lives of unaffordable housing, homelessness, more than one million people on healthcare waiting lists and an ever-increasing cost of living is unacceptable. Now is the time to say to this Government that enough is enough.”

Cork North Central candidate Sinéad Halpin, said “From the Children’s Hospital to the National Broadband Plan, we’ve seen that this Government just cannot deliver. The national plans they’ve come up with are hopelessly inadequate to meet ordinary people’s needs, and don’t pay anything like the urgent attention needed to the climate emergency we’re facing. We must change course to ensure our future and that of our children is safe and secure.

Anne-Marie McNally, the Dublin Mid-West candidate for the Social Democrats said “We cannot continue, as this Fine Gael Government constantly do, to rely on the market to solve the challenges in health, in housing, in transport, in childcare and many other areas. It is time to prioritise investment in strong public services that serve everyone. This is the way to drive equality, promote sustainability, reduce costs for businesses and families, and provide a fair chance for everyone.
On November 29th voters have a chance to say we can and we will do better that this.”

ENDS
7th November 2019