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Minister Ó Cuív refuses meeting to discuss Monaghan General Hospital

5 September, 2006

The Sinn Féin group leader on Monaghan General Hospital, Brian McKenna, has announced that he has requested the meetings administrator of Monaghan County Council to organise a protest today to coincide with a visit to the county by Minister Éamon Ó Cuív.

Minister Ó Cuív has refused to meet a delegation from Monaghan County Council to discuss the ongoing crisis at Monaghan General Hospital. Previously the local authority members had agreed to seek such a meeting with all visiting Ministers and if it were refused that a protest would be held. This is the first time that a Minister has refused to meet with local elected representatives on this issue since the passing of that resolution.

Cllr. McKenna has stated that he has asked the meetings administrator to facilitate the implementation of the council motion by organising a protest at 5pm in Castleblayney to coincide with Minister Ó Cuív's arrival to the town. Cllr. McKenna stressed that this was in no way a slight on the Iontas centre or the County Monaghan Partnership who the Minister will be meeting.

"Rather it is about placing pressure on government ministers who have a collective responsibility for the continued downgrading of services at Monaghan General Hospital. Minister Ó Cuív cannot wash his hands of the terrible treatment being meted out to the people of County Monaghan. If he is refusing to meet with democratically elected members of Monaghan County Council then we will ensure that he still hears the message that our hospital must be saved", he said.ENDS

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