“Recent comments by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD confirming that the ban on Stag Hunting would not be reversed have exposed Minister Shane McEntee’s false promises to the people of Meath East and cast serious doubt on his credibility” said Fianna Fáil Senator, Thomas Byrne.
“A commitment to reverse the ban was a key platform of Shane McEntee’s election platform in February and I know from talking to people that it was a key factor for many of them in deciding where to give their first preference. These genuine and committed citizens would also have been encouraged by the Minister in a recent Seanad debate when he said that ‘”The time is coming shortly when the Ward Union will be back under the legislation introduced by Michael D Higgins in 1996.
“We now know that he had no basis for making any of these promises except his effort to attract Ward Union votes” continued Senator Byrne.
“Unfortunately this latest u-turn by this Government is not an isolated example. After just eight months we have seen them abandon the pledge to refund the anti-pylon campaign’s legal fees; we have seen them break and then deny the existence of pledges on local hospitals; we have seen them walk away from the signed promise to reduce the third level registration charge and we have seen them quietly bury the biggest promise of all – that the bondholders would be burned before another cent went into the banks.
“The people of Meath East voted in good faith in February. We need our Government representatives to live up to what they promised people or at the very least admit that they are doing U-Turn after U-Turn on a range of issues from stag hunting to roads to hospitals’ concluded Senator Byrne.