Naughten highlights jobs and health at campaign launch

The need for job creation and improved health services in the Roscommon-Galway constituency were highlighted when Denis Naughten launched his election campaign in the Bridge House in Athleague last weekend.

  Deputy Naughten told the crowd: “One thing that is coming up on the canvass is that the people of Roscommon and Galway want someone to fight for them by using the facts and putting the arguments forward. I did that in relation to Roscommon Hospital but I also did it when maternity services were being run down in Portiuncula Hospital and again six months ago in relation to services at the Sacred Heart Hospital and as a result of that we secured €9m investment for that facility to secure its future.

  “We have to continue the fight to ensure we have health services across this country that we can be proud of. We have also had to fight to save County Roscommon…I want to send a clear message from this room tonight that Westmeath will not get a single inch of Roscommon if I have anything to do with it.”

  Deputy Naughten said that the type of community spirit evident in Athleague during the recent flooding crisis needs to be replicated everywhere.

  “We need to use that co-operation to make things better, to develop services, and for job creation in this constituency. We have huge potential for tourism and by working together we can develop and promote that and bring tourists and jobs into this community.

  “We are at the heart of a constituency that has its economy based in agriculture, yet farmers are not being given the freedom to farm. We can’t continue to stand over a situation where farmers in Roscommon and Galway are seven times more likely to get a farm penalty than some farmers in adjoining counties. There is something fundamentally wrong with the system that is there today.”

  Cllr. Laurence Fallon, Director of Elections for Denis Naughten, described this election campaign as “a new situation where we have no political machine behind us”.

  Referring to Denis Naughten, Cllr Fallon said: “He has honesty, integrity and he stands with the people; that is worth more than any party political machine. He is an excellent candidate who will deliver for the people and who will deliver what he promises. He will continue to fight with honesty and integrity and will continue to stand with the people.”

  Cllr. Domnick Connolly urged everyone to get involved in the campaign. He spoke of the personal sacrifices made by Denis Naughten and praised him for keeping his promises to the people of the constituency.

  Cllr. John Naughten spoke of the need to elect Denis Naughten to ensure “there is a strong voice in the Dáil for this constituency” adding: “We need a strong experienced voice to stand up and fight on the issues in this constituency such as the Save Roscommon campaign, health issues and agriculture – and Denis has the experience.”

  East Galway County Councillor Timmy Broderick also addressed guests.