January 26, 2021

Waterford poll-topper in healthy position to fight for 24/7 cardio care after landing key new role

Waterford TD David Cullinane has been appointed as Sinn Féin frontbench spokesperson on health.

It puts the local poll-topper in a strong position to continue the fight for 24-hour cardiac care services at University Hospital Waterford.

Deputy Cullinane this week raised the issue again the Dáil, in a direct exchange with new Health Minister Stephen Donnelly that was widely viewed on social media.

The Waterford TD said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the lead opposition Spokesperson on Health. Louise O Reilly was formidable so big shoes to fill. I am looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity.”

Speaking as she announced Sinn Féin’s new frontbench team, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said: “New government ministers will have to be on their toes and on top of their briefs because they will be matched by a very energetic, very determined Sinn Féin leading the opposition.

“We will hold the government to account, bring forward solutions and continue championing the change that so many people want. I am very proud of our new frontbench team and the fact that we have strong representation from rural Ireland, as well as our cities.

“Sinn Féin will provide constructive and critical opposition to this government. We will hold them to account, working with other parties in the opposition to do so.

“An effective opposition can achieve change by engaging constructively to bring forward solutions and force the government to act. The strong and competent team that I lead is committed to doing this at every opportunity.”

The Sinn Féin leader added:  “Ireland faces big challenges in the months ahead and we will be playing our part in delivering the change that is needed.”

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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