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Best way to mark 50th anniversary of Crumlin Children’s Hospital is to prevent its closure – Ó Snodaigh

21 November, 2006


Speaking today, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of Crumlin Children's Hospital, Sinn Féin Dublin South Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the best way to mark the anniversary would be for Health Minister Mary Harney to abandon her plans to close the hospital. Deputy Ó Snodaigh, who will raise the issue in the Dáil today, said the sighting of the new National Children's Hospital at the Mater Hospital should not be at the expense of other successful children's hospital such as the ones at Tallaght and Crumlin.

He said, "Crumlin Children's Hospital has now been looking after sick children for fifty years and currently treats over 100,000 patients a year. Despite this Health Minister Mary Harney seems hell bent on closing not only this hospital but also Tallaght Children's Hospital and sending all of these patients to the new National Children's Hospital which is to be located on the other side of the city. This is putting the health and safety of thousands of children at risk as it will mean lengthy delays getting through Dublin traffic and across the city in emergency situations.

"The bottom line is that the sighting of the new National Children's Hospital at the Mater should not be at the expense of other successful children's hospital such as the ones at Tallaght and Crumlin. Crumlin Children's Hospital has been in operation for fifty years now, it is well known throughout the country, and it should remain open. The best way to mark the anniversary would be for Minister Harney to abandon her plans to close the hospital and I am calling on the Minister to do just that." ENDS

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