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Tallaght residents to jump from plane to save Hospital

10 November, 2006

Sinn Féin Social Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has wished ten Tallaght residents the best of luck as they take part in a parachute jump tomorrow to draw attention to the impending closure of the National Children's Hospital at Tallaght.

The Dublin South West TD said: "Last year the National Children's Hospital in Tallaght saw 67,221 patients, or almost thirteen hundred a week. It is an essential part of the health infrastructure in the south of Dublin. Fianna Fail's proposal to put these children on a bus and send them to the Mater is utterly heartless.

"Tomorrow a number of Tallaght residents will take part in a parachute jump to highlight the danger for local children and also to raise money for Sinn Féin's campaign against the closure of the hospital and I wish them all the best of luck."

Two local people who are taking part in the jump are in no doubt of the seriousness of the threat.

Mick Fitzimons, a Fettercairn resident whose young child was treated for a serious head wound last year at Tallaght Hospital, said:

"It doesn't make any sense with such a young and growing population in west and south Dublin for the Childern's Hospitsal in Tallaght to be closed down. We need more services for children locally, not the closure of existing ones."

Patricia Harris, a mother of seven year old twins, said:

"There is no reason why the hospital needs to be downgraded and children's lives put at risk by forcing them to take a two hour trip to the Mater. I can't understand why Fianna Fáil is taking this crazy decision. We need absolute guarantees for the future of this hospital and not empty rhetoric."


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