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Donegal Senator says public demonstrations needed to fight Letterkenny Hospital cuts

27 July, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking ahead of a meeting with trade unions, politicians, and health action groups at SIPTU offices on Friday, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has said that the people of Donegal need to show a united front and hold a mass rally aimed at resisting the cuts to Letterkenny Hospital.

Senator Doherty said that a large attendance would send a clear message to the government that the people of Donegal will not accept these cuts without a fight.

He said:

“Now is the time for the people of Donegal to come together and defend our health service. These cuts are so wide ranging that they will affect the entire community in this county.

“Cuts which are aimed at the most vulnerable in society are totally unacceptable. This time the government has gone too far.

“At Friday’s meeting I will be proposing a major demonstration to highlight public anger in Donegal.

“Trade unions, health workers, politicians, public sector workers and anyone who is concerned about the cuts to our hospital should take to the streets. Staff at the hospital cannot be left to deal with this alone. We need to fight these cuts together.

“Large demonstrations will send the government a clear message that the people of Donegal will not accept these cuts without a fight. Together we can beat this.” Críoch

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