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Sinn Féin welcomes announcement of 24/7 ambulance cover for Castlederg

9 April, 2008

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie McHugh has welcomed today's announcement by Health Minister Michael Mc Gimpsey that Castlederg is to get 24/7 ambulance service cover as a long overdue recognition that the area has not been adequately covered up until now.

Cllr McHugh said,

"Today's announcement that Castlederg is to get 24/7 ambulance cover will be universally welcomed in this are. It has been clear for years that Castlederg and surrounding rural hinterland has been a black spot in terms of emergency ambulance cover and response times have been totally inadequate on many occasions.

"Sinn Fein representatives, from councillors at a Strabane District Council level, at Western Health Council level, and through to an MLA and MP level have been lobbying for the area to be afforded this full time cover for many years and everyone in the area will now be looking forward to this service becoming operational as soon as possible. ENDS

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