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Minister Martin exposed as hypocrite - Cllr. Brian McKenna

14 April, 2004

The leader of Sinn Féin on Monaghan County Council Councillor Brian McKenna has said that Mícheál Martin has been exposed as a hypocrite following his decision to intervene in the future of A & E services at the General Hospital in Ennis, Co. Clare.

Cllr. Brian McKenna, who represents the people of North Monaghan on the County Council, said that Mr. Martin's intervention would be good news for County Clare but it means that Fianna Fáil has serious questions to answer to the people of Monaghan.

In a statement Cllr. McKenna said:

"Minister Martin has gone against the recommendations of the notorious Hanly report in relation to the provision of services at a hospital in Clare. Why, it must be asked, can the same not be done in Monaghan's case?

"Time and time again Mr. Martin and Fianna Fáil representatives have told the people of Monaghan that a Minister could not intervene in the affairs of a hospital due to the Health Act of 1970. The actions of Mícheál Martin in relation to Ennis have proved that these statements were false and that this Minister, like so many Fianna Fáil health ministers before him, is a hypocrite.

"It is time for this hypocrisy to end and for the Minister to intervene to ensure that full maternity and A & E services return to Monaghan General Hospital immediately and that, as a first requirement the hospital be placed back 'On Call'."ENDS

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