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Ó Caoláin slams FF TDs for saving Government from embarrassment in vote on Monaghan General Hospital

9 July, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

The Fianna Fáil/Green Government scraped through a Dáil division by only two votes this morning in a vote called by Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin in response to the announcement by the HSE yesterday that all acute medical services at Monaghan General Hospital will be axed on 22 July. The three Fianna Fáil TDs for Cavan-Monaghan voted with the Government.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“I called this morning’s vote on the Dáil Order of Business to give all members of the House the opportunity to protest at the sentence of death on 22 July for Monaghan General Hospital. Sinn Féin, Fine Gael and Labour Deputies joined the protest vote and the Fianna Fáil/Green Government scraped through the division by 68 votes to 70.

“If the three Fianna Fáil TDs – or even the two of them who are Monaghan-based – had abstained the Government would have suffered major embarrassment on the issue of Monaghan General Hospital.

“Deputies Margaret Conlon and Rory O’Hanlon yesterday claimed to be opposed to the removal of services from Monaghan on 22 July on the grounds that there has been inadequate preparation and insufficient support services put in place. This morning was the test of their claims and they failed that test by saving the Government from being called to account by the people of Counties Monaghan and Cavan.” ENDS

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