Wexford Sinn Féin Cllr Anthony Kelly has described the refusal of the Fine Gael/Labour members of Wexford Borough council to support an enquiry into the missing €21million earmarked for Wexford General Hospital as aiding and abetting those who were responsible for losing it. Cllr Kelly said that his party will highlight this treacherous act against the people of Wexford, and will be holding protests outside the hospital until the money is located or replaced. Responding to claims by labour councillors that an enquiry would be a waste of money, Cllr Kelly said that, “Anything which could benefit Wexford General Hospital and the patients who use it, will never be a waste of money.”
Cllr Kelly said;
“I’m stunned that councillors elected by the people of Wexford town decided to vote against a motion to find out what happened to this vital funding. The purpose of calling for an investigation is to find the answers to this political mystery. After all this new coalition Government promised total accountability.”
“The coalition’s account of this missing money leaves more questions than answers. If the money never existed, why did Minister Howlin say it was there and ready to be used? How can our new government continue to blame the last one for their own failures when they are now in office for nearly three months? Why has Dr James O’ Reilly reneged on promises he made to the people of Wexford about WGH prior to the election? These are serious questions and deserve to be answered in a professional manner by people who know what they’re talking about. Instead our local Labour and Fine Gael councillors dismissed the issue as unimportant and not worthy of investigation. Try telling that to the patients who are sleeping on trolleys in Wexford General tonight!”
Wexford Sinn Féin will be continuing their ongoing “ Save Wexford Hospital ” with a protest outside the hospital this Friday evening at 7.30pm. All who want to know what happened to the hospital funding and want to see Wexford General protected are welcome to attend.
* Pictures from the long running Sinn Féin campaign for a better services for staff and patients at Wexford General Hospital