‘To hell with Connacht’ is government’s mantra says Galway TD

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A Galway East TD has criticised the HSE for not maintaining a Covid-19 contact tracing centre in the west of Ireland, saying that the Government’s mantra is ‘to hell with Connacht’.

Independent TD Seán Canney said that people in the west of Ireland pay taxes equal to other parts of the country – but they are treated as ‘second class citizens’ when it comes to services.

He said the HSE’s decision to keep Test & Trace centres in Dublin and Cork is yet another decision by a ‘Dublin-centred organisation’, which ignores people in the West.

“I believe that this latest decision is clear evidence that the West does not feature, and we are left with the crumbs from each Government decision,” said Deputy Canney.

“Other examples of this unfair treatment lies in the fact that there is no passport office in the West, yet there is one in Dublin and Cork.

“The Government’s mantra is definitely to hell with Connacht,” he said.