'I'm blue in the face asking to change healthcare' - candidate defends running for both local and European elections
AN INDEPENDENT politician has defended running for both the local and European Elections, saying that people are fed up with the health system and she is determined to help.
When Ireland goes to the polls on Friday, Independent candidate Cllr Breda Gardne for Kilkenny County Council will feature both on the local election and European Parliament election ballot papers.
Ms Gardner said that she feels her experience working as both a nurse and a health practitioner for the past 38 years will enable her to understand what her constituents want.
Speaking on RTE's Prime Time, she said: "I feel I have morals, I'm an honest person, I have integrity and I speak with truth.
"I'm there to represent my local constituents, to me politics starts locally. With my fliers going out my phone is hopping with people talking about health.
"I have 38 years working as both a nurse and a health practitioner and I'm telling you this, there are so many people out there looking for a better health service."
She also dismissed suggestions by broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan that healthcare is a domestic issue so she would not be able to make an impact on it as an MEP.
"Of course you can, it's a human right, people have a human right (to healthcare).
"If someone has a tumour and needs the medication to save their life, it's a human right for the health service to reach out to the people and give them that service", Cllr Gardner said.
She also said that she is frustrated with the health service in Ireland and feels that real change is needed.
Cllr Gardner said: "No, I have been in the health forum for the last five years and I have been asking them until I'm blue in the face to please, please, please change the model of healthcare."
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