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Sinn Féin to hold public demonstration to save Temple Street Hospital

9 February, 2006

Dublin Sinn Féin has called for a mass demonstration this coming Saturday to oppose attempts to move specialist children's surgery away from both Temple Street Children's Hospital and Crumlin Children's Hospital.

A consultancy report, conducted on behalf of the HSE was published last week and recommended specialist children's surgery be carried out at one hospital in Dublin.

Speaking today Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Christy Burke said:

"I want to call upon the ordinary people of Dublin to come out on Saturday and show their support for the retention of children's services at both Temple Street Children's Hospital and Crumlin Children's Hospital.

"There is considerable anger in the community that the promised re-development of Temple Street has not even begun. The fear is that the decision has already been made to relocate these essential services thus
leaving families with lengthy journeys to and from any new hospital."

Note to Editor: A Sinn Féin motion to Dublin City Council on Monday evening last called on the Minister for Health to proceed with the development of the children's hospital at Eccles Street site of the Mater
Hospital but was opposed by the Labour party, undermining attempts to maximise the political strength of the campaign by allowing councillors the opportunity to present a united position on the subject.

Saturday's demonstration will be held outside the Mater Hospital at Eccles Street at 1.00pm.

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