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21 Respite beds to be closed at St. Colman’s Hospital, Rathdrum

10 June, 2009

Wicklow Sinn Féin County Councillors John Brady and John Snell have reacted angrily to news this evening that 21 respite beds at St. Colman’s Hospital in Rathdrum are to close for six weeks. Speaking this evening Councillor Brady said this news comes hot on the heels of the closure of St Brigid’s ward at St. Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown. Councillor Snell said the closure of the beds is yet another example of the most vulnerable sections of society being targeted to pay for the Government’s economic illiteracy.

Councillor Brady said, “We have become all too aware of Government plans to temporarily close wards and beds in our hospitals only for them never to open again. People in this constituency are fearful that this is just the thin end of the wedge and these beds may not come on stream again or, worse still, the Government will target the hospital with further cutbacks. My Sinn Féin colleagues and I will stand shoulder to shoulder with the community here in Wicklow against any attacks or attempts to downgrade this hospital.”

Councillor Snell said, “This attack on St. Colman’s Hospital is yet another example of how this Government has targeted the most vulnerable sections of society to pay for the economic mess which they have created. It is no wonder the Government is currently facing a motion of no confidence in the Dáil this evening when they continue to target the sick, the elderly, the children and the poor to pay for their poor economic judgements. Sinn Féin will continue to fight for this community and stand against this attack on our hospital.” ENDS

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