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Morgan challenges Kirk over hospital land sell off

10 November, 2004

Sinn Féin TD for Louth, Arthur Morgan, has this evening challenged Fianna Fáil's Seamus Kirk over his welcome for the North Eastern Health Board's purchase of extra land at Louth County Hospital, Dundalk. Deputy Morgan said that Deputy Kirks position "directly contradicted" his Health Ministers policy to sell off land around hospitals.

Deputy Morgan said, "In his contribution to the Dáil health debate this evening Deputy Seamus Kirk (FF) welcomed the purchase of seven acres of land adjoining Louth County Hospital, Dundalk by the North Eastern Health Board.

"Deputy Kirk's comments directly contradict the position of Tánaiste and Health Minister, Mary Harney who has proclaimed that she is going to sell off Health Board lands to temporarily fund our ailing health service.

"I challenge my constituency colleague to clarify his position in relation to the Health Minister's policies on this matter. He can't have it both ways. Should the land be kept and used for future development at the hospital or not?

"I my view this land is essential for the future development and expansion of services at Louth County Hospital. Deputy Kirk should clarify his position in relation to this and have the courage to tell Minister Harney to take a run and jump.

"I am calling on the Government, and I would welcome Deputy Kirk's support, to provide adequate funding to ensure the provision of a proper health service for all our citizens rather than engaging in cynical PR exercises which will ultimately only benefit land developers." ENDS

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