The Taoiseach’s reply today regarding South Tipperary General Hospital was absolutely disappointing and unacceptable. As the Taoiseach, the HSE, the management of the hospital and the management of the South-South West hospital group well know, the situation in South Tipperary General Hospital is absolutely atrocious.
Emergency Action by Government Needed on Tipperary Town and Carrick-on-Suir unemployment blackspots.
The unemployment rates of 34.0% in the Eastern Part of Tipperary Town and 29.2% in Carrick-on-Suir, the two Co. Tipp blackspots, are truly shocking.
The neglect of Co Tipperary by successive governments is clear from the recent census results issued by the Central Statistics Office(CSO). The average unemployment in Co Tipperary at 14.6% is worse than that in Limerick City and County which has 18 Blackspots and well above the national average! A blackspot is local area which has unemployment of more than 27%.
Co Tipperary at 14.6% is the 12th worst of the 30 administrative counties in the state. This compares with a rate of 7.4% in the administrative county of Dun Laoire-Rathdown.
Co Tipperary has no preferred employment hub designated by the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) for inward investment-unlike Counties Cork, Limerick and Waterford.
I have repeatedly called on the Minister for, Enterprise and Employment in the Dáil to end this discrimination against Co Tipperary. I now repeat my call to the new Minister, to bring forward special measures to eliminate the blackspots and to give Co Tipperary it’s fair share of government spending and inward investment.
Seamus Healy TD
Last night Deputy Healy spoke in the Dáil during which time he reminded the Minister for Health of his promises in relation to South Tipperary General Hospital. In particular he sought the urgent provision of additional beds as promised by Minister Harris on his visit to the hospital last year.
Nine months ago Minister Harris visited South Tipperary General Hospital, he described the conditions at the hospital as “utterly unacceptable”, he said “solutions must be found” and that a decision would be made by the end of the year (2016). Nothing has happened. South Tipperary General Hospital is a progressive, forward looking, efficient hospital but unfortunately despite the best efforts of staff there is horrendous chaos at the hospital. Minister Harris must fulfil his promise and make funds available immediately for 40 additional inpatient beds to address the chaos at the hospital caused by the policies of this and previous Governments.
Earlier today I spoke on the Nomination of Taoiseach in the Dáil. I did not and will not support cruel capitalist extremism and foreign vulture capitalists or those who have including Minister Varadkar. Don’t be fooled, there is a recovery but it is a recovery for the rich and the fruits of that recovery has gone to the rich over and above the disabled, the homeless and the sick.
Seamus Healy TD