Fianna Fáil Social Protection Spokesperson, Willie O’Dea TD, has called on the Taoiseach to follow through on his promise to meet with hunger striker Tony Rochford, who has been refusing food in an effort to meet the Taoiseach for 25 days.
Deputy O’Dea commented: “Earlier this week, I was one of a number of cross party TDs who met with Mr Rochford to listen to his concerns and attempt to convince him to put his health first and have some nourishment.
“He refused, insisting that he would continue his protest until he had the chance to explain to the Taoiseach his personal debt problems and how new Government policies are making his situation worse.
“Two days ago in the Dáil, the Taoiseach agreed to meet with Mr Rochford. Given the urgency of the situation and Mr Rochford’s failing health, there was a widespread expectation across Dáil Éireann that the meeting would take place immediately. 48 hours later there has neither been a meeting, nor any solid commitment to have a meeting.
“This is not a party political issue. I am calling on the Taoiseach to please follow up on his promise immediately, meet with Mr Rochford and give his family the relief they need.”