I was delighted to host a public meeting on healthcare in our community in the last number of weeks which was well attended by people from across Dublin west. Healthcare is a passion of mine and healthcare in our community is a key facet of public policy that needs attention, focus and real delivery.
Fianna Fáil believes in a strong public health system with quality services as close to the people as is possible. Healthcare for many is a distant hope where a hospital appointment or a procedure is a worrying waiting game. This is not a sustainable way to run a health service.
The Government and the National Transport Authority have approved more hikes in the cost of public transport which will see prices rising by up to 13%.
Many people and commuters in Dublin West will notice a significant dent in their pockets once this latest price hike comes into force. The Government should be encouraging people to use public transport instead of making it less cost effective. These hikes will result in Dublin Bus cash fares being almost 40% higher than they were in 2012, while Rail tickets will also see significant increases. Transport companies have expressed concern about falling passenger numbers, but consistent fare hikes will do nothing to improve the situation.
If this policy continues, fewer people will be able to afford the ever increasing fares resulting in even bigger losses in the public transport sector.
My Constituency office is located at the Laurel Lodge Shopping Centre in Dublin West.
I run weekly clinics in my office. Please contact me if you require an appointment.
If you have any local or national issues please do not hesitate to contact me at 01-6933393 or [email protected]