Cork Workers' Party councillor Ted Tynan has strongly attacked the main opposition parties Fine Gael and Labour for their failure to support a major rally in the city yesterday against the planned closure of the Orthopaedic Hospital. All orhopaedic services are to be transferred to the already overcrowded South Infirmary Hospital and the Orthopaedic will close on March 11th next.
Cllr. Tynan said that both Fine Gael and Labour had shown contempt for the people of Cork by failing to support the rally and he singled out the Labour Party for particular attention.
"Eamon Gilmore is riding on the crest of a wave with the latest opinion polls but he and his party have yet to show that they represent anything different to the present government's policy of destroying public services and cutting hospital and education services. They talk a lot but when it comes down to taking a stand on issues like the Orthopaedic hospital they are invisible. Labour is just a media party. They are all style and no substance", said Cllr. Tynan.
The Workers' Party councill also condemned the government and said that Fianna Fáil were prepared to tear the country apart rather than close Anglo Irish Bank. "People are suffering very real hardships while bankers and speculators continue as if there was no recession. They are being cushioned while the rest of the people take the hard blows. Fianna Fáil is notorious as a party of broken promises but it seems the only promise they have ever kept is the one to keep Anglo Irish Bank afloat no matter what effect this has on the economy".
Cllr. Tynan said that the closure of the Orthopaedic Hospital can only be stopped if people take to the streets in their thousands. "Yesterday's march was a good start but we need to make Fianna Fáil deputies and those of the main opposition parties quake in their boots if there is to be any prospect of reversing this disgraceful decision. It's time for people to stand up and be counted or prepare to be walked upon time after time while the real power brokers in this country, the banks, bleed the country dry" he declared.