Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has today appointed Waterford TD Mary Butler as the party’s Spokesperson on Older People and Public Health Promotion.
Deputy Butler commented, “It’s a huge honour to be appointed Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Older People and Public Health Promotion. I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities which this role will bring.
“There are a huge range of issues that are affecting older people across Ireland such as crime, healthcare and transport. Older people have suffered due to the mean cuts implemented by the last Fine Gael and Labour Government such as the abolition of the Telephone Allowance and cutbacks to the Rural Transport Allowance. Older people deserve better than this, and I will act as their voice in the Dáil.
“During the General Election I met countless older people who told me that they were living in fear due to increases in crime in their localities. This is something which needs to be tackled and I will work with our Justice Spokesperson to ensure Garda resources are bolstered to help protect communities.
“Healthcare is also something which I am passionate about. Securing additional resources for Waterford University Hospital was a key part of my General Election campaign. I’ll work to address the serious problems in our health service such as excessive waiting lists, tackle appointment delays and ring-fence funding for mental health services.
“We also need to look at strengthening primary care in Ireland, especially when you consider we have an ageing population. People are also finding it increasingly difficult to access nursing home care, and I intend working with stakeholders to make the Fair Deal scheme more accessible,” concluded Deputy Butler.