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Sinn Féin to oppose closure of Crumlin Children's Hospital

15 November, 2005

Sinn Féin Dublin South Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said Sinn Féin will oppose any plans to close Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Deputy Ó Snodaigh commented today after Health Minister Mary Harney signalled that the hospital could be closed and replaced by a new hospital located at an alternative site.

He said, “Any plans to close Crumlin Children’s Hospital will be met by stiff opposition from Sinn Féin.

“To locate a new hospital at an alternative site would be an illogical move given that most non-medical staff at the hospital are from the local area, the location is well known to the whole Country and it is as accessible as anywhere in Dublin.

“Also there is scope for development on the current site as proven by recent developments, including Ronald McDonald House, the theatres and other new buildings. Imaginative thinking can overcome any practical problems which might emerge while building a new facility as the existing one continues to operate.

“The people who will benefit most from building the new hospital on a Greenfield site will be the builders and the land speculators, both of whom seem to be friends of this government.” ENDS

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