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Vulnerable being punished by Government's mistakes

Posted on July 19, 2010 at 06:40 PM

Cllr Colm Keaveney and the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD

Late last week Councillor Colm Keaveney organised a public meeting in Tuam concerning the HSE cuts which are threatening vital public services in the community, in this post Colm explains how the meeting went.

I held a public meeting in Tuam over HSE cuts which threaten the vital public services in our community. I’d like to thank Deputy Jan O’Sullivan and Dr. Jerry Cowley for giving up their time to come to Tuam and listen to the concerns of the community here.

This meeting showed that there is a body of citizens who are willing to fight against savage cuts by the Fianna Fail led government to protect the services that their friends, their neighbours and their family and indeed they themselves rely on every day. If these cutes go ahead, they will have devastating consequences for the most vulnerable people in our society.

The mentally disabled, elderly people and children all stand to be punished for the mistakes of this government and we in Tuam and East Galway will not stand for this. In the past we have been accused of not putting up a proper fight to protect and keep important services in our town.

Last night’s meeting, which was attended by 160 people sends a clear message to the Government and to the HSE that the people are not willing to stand by and watch as essential services, provided by Aras Mhuire nursing home, Toghermore House, respite services for the mentally disabled and home help for the elderly are cut to satisfy the interests of pin stripe suits in the Department of Finance! This is just the first step of our journey to resist government cuts.

Very soon there is going to be a campaign of resistance forming so that when the knife of the HSE is poised we’ll be in a position to stop it. I am positive that this campaign will succeed with the help and support of the local communities.

By Cllr Colm Keaveney

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