FINE Gael has been attacked at the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting for alleged hypocrisy.
Her government partners have also been accused of “undermining” Stephen Donnelly, Fianna Fáil’s health minister.
Some of the harshest criticism came from Senator Lisa Chambers, who said Fine Gael cabinet ministers have now voiced their concerns about the National Maternity Hospital.
But she said this was a Fine Gael-initiated deal which Stephen Donnelly improved tremendously.
For example, the lease on the land had gone from 99 years to 299 years – and now these women had issues and concerns “that they had never voiced before.”
She said they “need to be called out for their hypocrisy.”
It is understood that Ms Chambers was referring to Justice Secretary Helen McEntee and Business Secretary Heather Humphreys.
One listener described the attack as “a great lash” against Fine Gael. Another said: “It was strong stuff”.
“Lisa criticized the Fine Gael spin that is undermining Stephen Donnelly when this was a project set up by Fine Gael – and sat down at three consecutive Fine Gael ministers.”
The post attracted some “hear, hear” comments and other supportive noises, participants said.
“She said the Fine Gael women wanted to suggest that they are the lions leading the fight in the Cabinet against the big bad FF – if it’s a mess of their own creation,” one said.
Ms Chambers, a former Brexit spokeswoman, was joined by Kildare North TD James Lawless.
Mr Lawless said of the new 299-year lease: “We think in terms of election cycles. The Vatican thinks in centuries.”
The Taoiseach said there was an ongoing debate about the National Maternity Hospital but stressed the need for investment and supplies for women and children.
With the exception of Cork University Hospital (CUH), there has been no progress in building modern maternity hospitals in decades, he said.
“The discussions have been going on since 2013. We have to bring it to a conclusion and get it done,” he said.
There are now significant guarantees in the hospital’s constitution, ministerial gold share and HSE operating licence, he said.
52 Holles Street clinicians support the move “and are confident that all legal clinical procedures will be available in this new modern hospital,” he said.
“The women of this country deserve modern, world-class facilities, and we must also provide modern newborn facilities to ensure the best outcomes for all.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fine-gael-under-attack-for-hypocrisy-as-fianna-fail-parliamentary-party-meeting-told-stephen-donnelly-is-being-undermined-41615659.html Fine Gael is attacked for ‘hypocrisy’ as Fianna Fáil Parliamentary party meeting says Stephen Donnelly will ‘undermine’