Auction Politics Alive and Well – BREEN

December 11th, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has called into question the political clout of his two Fianna Fail colleagues in Clare, following the news that the Contract for a new endoscopy unit at Nenagh General Hospital was signed ahead of this week’s Budget.

“In the run up to this year’s Budget, a number of Deputies were able to name their price. Promises of a new fifty million euro facility at Sligo General Hospital secured the support of Deputies Devins and Scanlon, a new hospital in Kenmare secured the support of Independent Deputy Jackie Healy-Rae, while now we hear that the contract for a new endoscopy unit at Nenagh General Hospital secured Independent Deputy Michael Lowry’s support for this Budget. This Government is being propped up by promises given to these Deputies and the reality is that auction politics is alive and well.”

“Obviously, these facilities are needed in Nenagh, however, a new Endoscopy unit, plus the Capital Programme at Ennis General Hospital was promised ahead of Nenagh and I am now calling on my two Fianna Constituency Colleagues to show their political clout and deliver this promised investment to Ennis General Hospital.”