“This week there are more than 500 people waiting on trolleys in our hospitals, with Cork’s CUH topping the list,” said Deputy Allen.
“This is a record and simple proof of the total failure of the PD-inspired two-tier health system that Fianna Fáil has presided over. While CUH cannot cope, the Mercy Hospital’s brand-new A&E is reduced to daytime opening and the South Infirmary sees it’s A&E closed altogether, it is a sick joke.
“Meanwhile, people across the north side of Cork have been struggling to get water for weeks as years of underinvestment in water infrastructure sees the system collapse after a spell of cold weather.
“If you have to drive to get water you also need to be very careful as the roads are falling apart too due to a lack of investment with potholes everywhere.
“So as Fianna Fáil and the Greens cling on for a few more weeks they should take a good look at the state of the nation they leave behind. A nation whose name has been dragged through the mud as a result of their actions. A nation whose infrastructure is crumbling. A nation that cannot treat it’s own sick. A nation whose very economic sovereignty has been surrendered.
“This is the legacy of 20 years of Fianna Fáil, it is a legacy of total failure. Twenty years of Fianna Fáil in power has been a disaster for this country and it is one that must never been repeated,” he said.