Sinn Féin ready to deliver a Government for Change – Matt Carthy TD

Sinn Féin ready to deliver a Government for Change – Matt Carthy TD

 

The newly elected Sinn Féin TD for Cavan Monaghan, Matt Carthy, has said that he is honoured to have been appointed by his leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD, to be part of the negotiating team that will attempt to deliver a government for change in line with the wishes of the electorate.

 

Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has been appointed to head the Sinn Féin negotiations team which will comprise of Matt Carthy, Eoin O’Broin and Louise O’Reilly. In the coming week Sinn Féin will seek meetings with all parties, and discussions with those parties that received a mandate for change have already commenced.

 

Deputy Carthy said:

 

“Last Saturday the people voted for change, including in the Cavan Monaghan constituency where we delivered two Sinn Féin seats in the next Dáil.  Sinn Féin will do everything that we can to deliver a government for change in respect of that mandate.

 

“While the count in Cavan was still ongoing last Monday the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle met in Dublin to mandate the party leadership to secure a republican programme for government to deliver on our manifesto.  I am honoured t have been appointed to our negotiations team which will be led by Pearse Doherty.  Discussions with other parties has already commenced.  We know this will be a big job of work but it is a role we take seriously.

 

“We will look at how to deliver the change that people voted for – that means delivering solutions on housing, health, climate change, pensions, giving workers and families a break and advancing Irish Unity.

 

“The fact that Fianna Fáil have shifted their position about talking to Sinn Féin is welcome.  All parties must realise that this election has changed everything.

 

“There should be no delay in government formation.

 

“We have serious work to do and it needs to begin quickly. I look forward to being part of this important process.”

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“Monaghan has suffered most from FF/FG Health policies – It’s time for change” – Matt Carthy

“Monaghan has suffered most from FF/FG Health policies – It’s time for change” – Matt Carthy

 

“No county has suffered more from the health policies of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael which have been marked by failure, broken promises and record waiting times” according to general election candidate Matt Carthy.

 

The Sinn Féin representative said the issue of health, “particularly the decimation of acute hospital services in Monaghan”, has once again come to the fore in this election campaign as the implications of the decisions taking by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have led to the extreme overcrowding in other hospitals.

 

Carthy, who is seeking election to Leinster House with party colleague Pauline Tully in Cavan, said:  “Let’s be clear about what has happened in the last two decades of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil governments in this State.  Acute hospital services, including accident and emergency, maternity and intensive care, were stripped away from the people of Monaghan with the targeted and deliberate running down of the hospital which had served them so well over many years.

 

“That was the deliberate government policy – to focus most of the acute services into Drogheda and to leave people in Monaghan without.  This has, as my colleague Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin predicated, resulted in the people of Monaghan being left behind when it comes to healthcare.

 

“Across County Monaghan GPs are under enormous pressure while patients find it near impossible to secure an appointment with their local doctor, the premier basis for healthcare.  My constituency office regularly deals with parents in desperation because of the shocking waiting list times for vital assessments for their children and are often informed they will be forced to wait up to four years for ‘urgent’ consultation.

 

“Older people are forced to wait years for hip and knee replacements, while just last month, the horrific new record of 760 patients awaiting admission to hospitals on a single day across the State was set.

 

“These are the joint legacy of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments.  We in Sinn Féin are determined to address the health crisis.  There has to be the immediate of lifting the recruitment embargo on frontline staff and expanding capacity in our hospitals.

 

“In the longer term though we require a radical overhaul of the health system as advocated by Sinn Féin.  Central to this must be the restoration and development of services at hospitals such as Monaghan in order to ease the pressures on other centres”.

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Sinn Féin has the solutions to solve Monaghan housing concerns – Matt Carthy

Sinn Féin has the solutions to solve Monaghan housing concerns – Matt Carthy

 

The three key measures required to solve the housing crisis are the introduction of a rent freeze, the reduction of rents and a the delivery of the largest public house building programme in the history of the state.  This is according to Sinn Féin general election candidate, Matt Carthy, who was speaking this week.

 

Carthy promised that in government, Sinn Féin will deliver the largest public housing building programme in the history of the State” helping to take people off the local council’s housing list and ensuring that Monaghan people will be able to find the security that only comes with owning your own home.

He said: “The much-vaunted ‘Rebuilding Ireland’, launched in 2016, and supported by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs, promised to fix our broken housing system, but instead they have made things worse, with rents and levels of homelessness getting higher.

 

“The results of this are to be seen in Monaghan where there are upwards of 1300 people languishing on the council’s housing lists, waiting for years for a home.  The crisis in escalating rents and mortgages means that if Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael are returned to power most young Monaghan people will never be in a position to buy their own home.

“For the last 30 years, Fianna Fáil and then Fine Gael have followed the same set of catastrophic housing policies.  They have under invested in public housing and over-relied on the private sector to meet social and affordable housing need, while they failed to protect renters from the greed of the market.

“They saddled working people with unsustainable levels of debt, enticing vulture funds into the market while ignoring the needs of workers and families.

“Sinn Féin in government will deliver 100,000 public homes on public land; including 60,000 social homes, 30,000 affordable purchase homes and 10,000 affordable rental homes.

“A Sinn Féin Minister for Housing would also take emergency action to address the rental crisis by reducing rents by up to €1,500 a year with a refundable tax credit, alongside introducing a three year freeze on all existing and new rents.

“Our housing policies are fully costed and can be delivered without additional government borrowing, or any additional taxes on ordinary workers who will also be given a break by a Sinn Féin government”.

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Sinn Féin’s commitment to Family Farmers is ‘unwavering’ – Matt Carthy

Sinn Féin’s commitment to Family Farmers is ‘unwavering’ – Matt Carthy

Marylou joins Cavan/Monaghan candidates at Kilnaleck meeting with farmers

“Sinn Féin will be unwavering in our commitment to Family Farming in Ireland” general election candidate, Matt Carthy, declared this week.

He was speaking following an event held in Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan on Sunday where farmers from Cavan and Monaghan had an opportunity to outline their concerns and ideas to the Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and the party’s general election candidates Pauline Tully and Mr Carthy.  The event was organised by Sinn Féin to hear first-hand about the issues facing the local farming communities and to discuss the party’s solutions to the problems facing rural Ireland.

Speaking after the meeting, which took place at Kilnaleck Hall, Ms Tully said the event had been ‘really successful and engaging’. She said: “We listened carefully to the concerns of farmers in this area. Of particular concern, of course, were beef prices and the lack of interested by the Competition Authority in Meat Industry Ireland.

“Mary Lou, Matt and myself were among the first to stand alongside farmers at the picket lines during the Beef Plan protests and farmers in Cavan and Monaghan were left in no doubt after this meeting that Sinn Féin will continue to stand with them and support them as they battle for fairness”.

The Sinn Féin president said she outlined that the core of Sinn Féin’s farm policies amounted to the pursuit of ‘the three Fs’ – “a fair price for produce, a fair CAP system that works for ordinary farmers and fair play for farmers and rural communities, including in their dealings with the Department of Agriculture”.

Ms McDonald said: “In government, Sinn Féin will immediately establish a commission on the future of the Irish family farm which would be made up of independent experts, farming representatives and statutory agencies.

“This commission will be tasked with producing a comprehensive set of proposals to save our family farm network which will be implemented by a Sinn Féin minister for agriculture”.

Speaking afterwards Matt Carthy said that his experience on the European Parliament’s Agriculture & Rural Development committee provided him with an insight that would allow him to be an effective voice for Monaghan farmers in the Dáil.  He said that, throughout his time as a MEP, he had continued to liaise with the farming community at home and that this gave him a grounding in the realities of life for farm families.

He said that the Sinn Féin proposal to establish a Commission on the Future of the Family Farm was evidence that his party was committed to that most central facet of rural life.

“The family farm is the bedrock of our rural communities” he said.  “While previous commissions have examined food production, as in the quantities, there has been little consideration of who should actually be producing it to the greatest quality which is clearly the family farmer.  A commission that is tasked with examining how we save the family farm that is complimented by a government committed to implementing its recommendations will mark a sea-change.

“Sinn Féin will be unwavering in our support for our family farm.  We will tackle the strangle-hold of the processors and retailers to ensure that farmers receive a fair price for their product.  We will work hard to protect the CAP budget and ensure a fairer distribution of funds away from the large corporates to deliver greater payments to the majority of family farms.  And we will ensure fair play for farmers their dealings with the Department of Agriculture, we will oppose trade deals such as Mercosur and we will work for a just transition to protect farmers while doing what it necessary to address the climate crisis”.

Concluding, Carthy said that the type of engagement organised on Sunday, will be a regular occurrence following the general election.  He said: “What marks Sinn Féin out from the other parties is that we listen and engage with those we represent outside of election time.  Should Pauline Tully and I secure election to the Dáil we will absolutely ensure that the voices of farmers from Cavan and Monaghan are heard through the corridors of power.  Farmers now have a real chance to vote for change – I am asking them to take that chance”.

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”Common sense has prevailed” – Carthy welcomes government U-turn on Childcare funding on day of action

”Common sense has prevailed” – Carthy welcomes government U-turn on Childcare funding on day of action

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy has welcomed Fine Gael’s retraction of a proposed decision to cut essential funding to childcare services who are participating in a national demonstration next week.

 

The Cavan Monaghan General Election candidate said:

“I along with my colleagues in Sinn Féin will be proudly standing with demonstrators next Wednesday February 5th. Services are under enormous financial stress, with many telling us they face potential closures as a result. This essential sector has been pushed to the brink, and next Wednesday’s national demonstration, which has nearly 1400 services registered to attend, is evidence of this.”

 

Carthy welcomed the government U-turn “I think the reversal of the department’s position is only reasonable. Common sense has prevailed. I have spoken on a regular basis with many providers across Cavan and Monaghan. The current crisis in the Early Years/Childcare sector is the culmination of years of underinvestment and lack of proper consultation with the sector when introducing new policies and measures within the new National Childcare Scheme. ” ENDS

Brexit remains a real threat to Ireland despite withdrawal agreement – Carthy

Brexit remains a real threat to Ireland despite withdrawal agreement – Carthy

 

Taking the floor of the European Parliament ahead of the debate to approve the Brexit withdrawal agreement, Matt Carthy MEP spoke about the injustice of the North of Ireland being dragged out of the EU against its democratically expressed wishes and the harm that Brexit still poses to the Irish economy.

 

Carthy, who is a candidate in the general election for Cavan/Monaghan, when addressing Brussels’ plenary said:

 

“This Friday, part of my country will be taken out of the European Union against the wishes of the vast majority of those who live there.

 

“I am proud of Sinn Féin’s record in this parliament and elsewhere, in working to ensure that the repercussions of Brexit for the north of Ireland, the border region and our entire island have been minimised in this withdrawal agreement.

 

“But, the fact remains, that from this weekend, one part of Ireland will be in the EU while another part will operate outside.  The future trading relationship between Britain and the EU could yet create unprecedented difficulties for the Irish economy and vulnerable sectors, particularly agriculture.

 

“So, much work remains to be done, and Sinn Féin will be a leading voice in protecting Ireland’s interests in the trade negotiations, calling for mitigation measures from any Brexit fallout and presenting the case for Irish Unity as a crucial mechanism to withstand the worst excesses of British tory policies which have no mandate in any part of Ireland”.

 

Speaking after the vote Carthy confirmed that Sinn Féin had voted in favour of the withdrawal agreement. He added:

 

“There is no such thing as a good Brexit for Ireland, but the Withdrawal Agreement and Protocol is the least worst option.

 

“Our priority has to be safeguarding the all-Ireland economy and ensuring there is absolutely no hardening of the border on the Island of Ireland”.

 

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Sinn Féin will tackle the insurance rip-off ‘head-on’ – Carthy

Sinn Féin will tackle the insurance rip-off ‘head-on’ – Carthy

 

Rip-off insurance premiums for drivers, creches, leisure businesses and other sectors will be tackled head-on if Sinn Féin are in government, general election candidate Matt Carthy said this week.

 

The Sinn Féin representative said that neither Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil understand the extent and nature of the insurance crisis and ‘continue to parrot the spin of the insurance industry’.

 

Carthy said:

 

“One of the scandals of recent times issues that has been the ever-increasing insurance costs faced by drivers, families and businesses.

 

“This scandal has a particular impact on rural counties like Monaghan where young drivers, who have no public transport options available to them, are being quoted astronomical prices while experienced, accident-free, drivers see their premiums hiked for no fathomable reason.

 

“In addition, creches, leisure facilities and community groups in this county are struggling with huge jumps in their premiums this year, while some have found it difficult to source an insurance quote at all.  Businesses have told me that insurance costs are the primary factor in their struggles to keep afloat.

 

“It is clear that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have failed to understand the enormity of this issue.  Instead they continue to quote CSO figures that were definitively debunked by the Central Bank in December of last year.

 

“Fine Gael continue to peddle the line that that the average car insurance premium has reduced by 27% quoting CSO figures that Sinn Féin has exposed as untrue for a number of years.  Just last month, the definitive Central Bank report on the cost of claims and price of premiums in the motor insurance sector showed that since 2016, the average motor insurance premium has risen by 17% in three years.

 

“And both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil continue to parrot the line of the insurance industry by claiming that rising insurance costs are solely the result of what they called ‘dodgy and spurious claims’.

 

“In fact, under questioning by Sinn Féin’s finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty, in the Finance Committee last year, insurance companies admitted to reporting as little as 1 percent of claims to the Gardaí for fraud.

 

“The Central Bank report also showed that the frequency of claims has actually fallen by 40 percent in the past decade, while the average premium rose by 42 percent.

 

“A strong mandate for Sinn Féin in the upcoming election will allow us to tackle the insurance rip-off.  We will ban dual pricing by insurance companies, set up a Garda Insurance Fraud Unit and bring down prices for consumers and businesses who are seeing costs soar.

 

“Pearse Doherty has already made an impact in this area.  I hope that Pauline Tully and I will be in the next Dáil to work with him in delivering a real break for Monaghan workers, families and businesses”.

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Sinn Féin will deliver the largest public housing building programme in the history of the State – Matt Carthy

Sinn Féin will deliver the largest public housing building programme in the history of the State – Matt Carthy

Sinn Féin General Election candidate for Cavan/Monaghan, Matt Carthy MEP, has said that his party, in government, “will deliver the largest public housing building programme in the history of the State” helping to take people off the local council’s housing list and supporting those who wish to purchase their own home.

He also confirmed that a Sinn Féin housing minister will reduce rents by up to €1,500 per year and introduce an emergency three year rent freeze to support private renters.

He said: “In 2016, Fine Gael launched their flagship housing policy ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ with the support of Fianna Fáil.

“They promised to fix our broken housing system, but instead they have made things worse, with rents and levels of homelessness spiralling ever higher. This is seen clearly in County Monaghan where there are now over 1,300 families on the council’s housing lists, most of which are waiting several years for a home.

“Renters in some parts of this county are paying up to 50% of their income on accommodation and in Carrickmacross, for example, rents are now between €900 to €1100 a month.  How can anyone save for a mortgage with such exorbitant outgoings?

“An entire generation of young people in Monaghan and around the State are locked out of ever owning their own home.

“All of this is because of bad policies enacted for over three decades by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments.  They under-invested in public housing.  They over-relied on the private sector to meet social and affordable housing need and failed to protect renters from the volatility of the market.  They saddled working people with unsustainable levels of debt.

 

“Sinn Féin wants to change all of that.  We want to be in government to break with the failed policies of the past and implement a completely new approach to housing by committing to delivering the largest public housing building programme in the history of the State.

‘Over the lifetime of the next government we will:

  • Deliver 100,000 public homes on public land; including 60,000 social homes, 30,000 affordable purchase homes and 10,000 affordable rental homes.
    • Affordable purchase homes would be available at, and below €250,000.
    • Affordable rental homes would be available at, and below €900 per month.
    • Eligibility for affordable housing would be set at €50,000 for a single person and €75,000 for a couple.

 

“A Sinn Féin Minister for Housing would also take emergency action to address the rental crisis by reducing rents by up to €1,500 a year with a refundable tax credit, alongside introducing a three year freeze on all existing and new rents.

“This would be accompanied by increasing the stock of affordable rental accommodation and reducing the State’s reliance on subsidised private rental accommodation to meet social need.

“Our housing manifesto is fully costed and can be delivered without additional government borrowing, or additional taxes on workers earning less than €100,000 per year.  This is the type of vision that Monaghan families and workers need and it is the vision that Sinn Féin will deliver in government, should voters place their trust in us on February 8th”.

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Fine Gael have run out of ideas for Irish Farming – Carthy

Fine Gael have run out of ideas for Irish Farming – Carthy

 

Sinn Féin MEP and Cavan Monaghan General Election candidate, Matt Carthy, speaking in response to the Fine Gael agriculture ‘proposals’ this week said:

 

“Fine Gael are promising more of the same at a time when many farmers fear for their future and require a radical new approach from government.

 

“The Fine Gael proposals offer no new solutions despite the fact that many family farmers are facing unprecedented challenges.  They do not plan to seek fundamental reform of the CAP to make it fairer or to bring in any new financial supports to protect the family farm model.

 

“Sinn Fein in contrast, will seek to end all direct payments to factory feedlots in the next CAP and to limit direct payments to maximum of €60,000 in order to ensure an increased distribution to the majority of family farms.

 

“Beef farmers need emergency measures that recognise the extremity of the situation many of them face.  In the first instance Sinn Féin will provide €200 per cow for the first 15 cows to these farmers.  Sheep farmers require higher ewe payments while additional funding in the ANC Scheme most be provided and delivered to those farmers operating in the areas of highest constraint.

 

“Ultimately, farmers need a fair price for their produce.  Only Sinn Fein is committed to tackling the strangle-hold of the processing and retailing sectors that results in farmers producing at a loss while the profits from their labours go to these conglomerates.

 

“Fine Gael make promises to cut taxes for higher income earners but ignore that farmers need tax relief and greater tax flexibility that reflects the realities of their sector.  They plan to increase the pension age to 68 when we should be encouraging generational renewal, Sinn Féin are committed to allowing those who wish to be able to retire at 65.

 

“Farmers still have reason to be fearful of Brexit and developments at EU level.  It is entirely disingenuous of Leo Varadkar to speak of protecting the CAP budget.  It was his actions in committing Ireland to paying increased contributions to the EU budget without securing any commitment regarding how that money would be spent that allowed the commission to propose an increased EU budget but with a reduced CAP.  Sinn Féin will not support any European budget that does not include increased CAP provision.

 

“Fine Gael will support any EU trade deal regardless of its implications for Irish agriculture.  That they haven’t yet rejected the Mercosur trade deal is deeply worrying.  Sinn Féin will not support any trade deal that fails to protect the interests of our economy, the environment and our most important indigenous sector.

 

“On all of these issues the positions of Fine Gael reflect those of Fianna Fáil.  They represent ‘more of the same’ when radical reform is required.  Sinn Féin, in government, will immediately establish a Commission of the future of the Irish Family Farm comprising of independent experts, farming representatives and statutory agencies who will be tasked with producing a comprehensive set of proposals aimed at saving our family farm network which will be implemented by a Sinn Féin Minister for Agriculture”.

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Government indifference to Monaghan GP crisis must end – Matt Carthy

Government indifference to Monaghan GP crisis must end – Matt Carthy

 

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said that counties like Cavan and Monaghan are experiencing a GP crisis because successive Fianna Fail and Fine Gael governments have abandoned the concept of family doctors in the constituency.

 

Carthy, who is running in the General Election for the Cavan/Monaghan constituency, claimed that the number of doctors who can no longer accept new patients is at crisis levels while delays in securing appointments is causing huge frustration.  Governments have been warned by GPs, patients and Sinn Féin representatives of this impending situation for years but chose to ignore all warnings.

 

Matt Carthy said:

 

“I regularly speak to people who tell of their difficulty in securing an appointment with a GP.  I have spoken to GPs who are angered because they are on the front line of this government failure.

 

“This time last year, GPs, led by the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP), protested outside the Dáil.  They rightly accused successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments of ‘abandoning’ general practice.  But, we have seen no corrective action since.

 

“On RTÉ’s Clare Byrne Live Health debate County Monaghan was referenced as the most neglected county in the state when it comes to GP care.  That is an indictment of every Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil that has kept this government in power.

 

“There are simply not enough GPs in Monaghan to serve the people here. 70% of practices outside of Dublin are not in a position to register any new patients as they are already operating beyond capacity.  And, there are over 700 GPs due to retire within the next 5 years, a potential timebomb for our primary health services.

 

“Dr. Denis McCauley, the Chair of the IMO GP Committee, has actually highlighted Monaghan as the county facing the most severe shortage due to no new GPs replacing those that are retiring.  According to the IMO one in every four GPs plan to retire in the next five years but that rate is almost twice as high in Monaghan.  Many of the doctors set to retire in the coming years have no one to replace them.

 

“Monaghan is clearly bearing the brunt of government failure in this area.  If part of the next government Sinn Féin are committed to addressing this issue as a matter of urgency.  We will reverse the cuts which were imposed over the past decade and we will invest in capacity of general practice in Cavan/Monaghan and across the state.  Sinn Féin want to ensure that everyone is entitled to two free GP visits per year as part of our commitment to give families and workers a break but we recognise that, in order to deliver that, we need to invest in GP services and incentivise new doctors into the system.

 

“This will be part of a comprehensive investment plan in our public services that will benefit communities like those I seek to represent in Cavan/Monaghan.  We need a change of government to deliver that investment and Sinn Féin are determined to lead that change”.

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