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Minister should restore Monaghan Maternity Unit

29 July, 2004


Commenting on the outcome of the High Court case taken by four County Monaghan women seeking the restoration of the Maternity Unit at Monaghan General Hospital, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin said it "in no way diminishes" the case for the restoration of the unit and he called on the Minister for Health and Children Micheál Martin to act.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"The four women from Co. Monaghan who took this case deserve praise for their tenacity in pursuing it to the High Court. The negative judgement in no way

diminishes the case for the restoration of the Maternity Unit at Monaghan. On the contrary, the Minister for Health and Children should listen once more to

the voices of the people of Co. Monaghan who were fully behind this case. It was another avenue they were forced to pursue after this Government ignored the long-running campaign for the restoration and development of services at the hospital, including petitions, public meetings, marches, vigils and the united

views of virtually all elected representatives and public bodies in County Monaghan. The campaign in defence of the hospital will and must go on."ENDS

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