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“Government trying to take people for a ride” says Arthur Morgan TD after being asked to leave Dáil chamber

8 April, 2008

Louth Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan was this evening asked to leave the Dáil chamber by Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue after he demanded clarification from the Taoiseach on the development of a regional hospital in the North East. Deputy Morgan demanded answers from the Government after Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern said there was 'not a red cent' to develop the promised regional hospital.

Speaking after leaving the Dáil chamber, Deputy Morgan said:

"This Government and the HSE are trying to take the people of the North East region for a ride. They have taken services out of hospitals while promising the people that their problems will be solved once a new regional hospital is developed. Dermot Ahern tells us there is no money for this project. Professor Drumm says it may or may not happen but Monaghan, Dundalk and Our Lady's Hospital, Navan will continue to be stripped of services. The Taoiseach agrees with Professor Drumm.

"Health Minister Harney hasn't opened her gob on this issue and the Taoiseach is happy to be departing so that he does not have to deal with the consequences of our crumbling public health services as a direct result of his and Mary Harney's policies.

"This is the biggest issue facing the people of the four counties of Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Meath and the Sinn Féin TDs will continue to challenge the Government inside and outside the Dáil chamber." ENDS

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