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Don't Sell St Michaels Hospital to Private Developers

26 April, 2007

Dún Laoghaire Sinn Féin general election candidate Eoin Ó Broin has today written to the Sisters of Charity urging them not to sell St Michael's Hospital to private developers. Mr. Ó Broin said "any sale may result in the loss of St. Michaels Hospital in Dún Laoghaire to a property developer who would replace it with a high-rise-mixed-use development."

Speaking today, Mr Ó Broin said, "The St. Vincent's Healthcare Group are reportedly considering proposals from property developers to purchase part or all of the St. Michaels Hospital site in the heart of Dún Laoghaire. Over the last number of years we have seen progressive cuts in the services delivered by St. Michael's Hospital. Sinn Féin wants to see the full re-instatement of those services and in particular the return of essential accident and emergency services.

"We are increasingly concerned by the privatisation of health care in Ireland.

"The location of St. Michael's is tailor made for a hospital in that it is highly accessible to the population it serves. I am concerned that the sale of the site to developers will see the loss of the hospital and of any hope for the restoration of an Accident and Emergency department in the heart of the town.

"I am calling on the Sisters of Charity to think long and hard before making any decision. I urge them to absolutely prioritise the health needs of the people of Dún Laoghaire and of the surrounding suburbs as they consider the future of the hospital and site." ENDS

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