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St. Michael's Hospital Campaign Group Formed

6 June, 2007

A cross party community led campaign group was formed last night at a public meeting in the Kingston Hotel Dún Laoghaire, called o discuss the future of St. Michael's Hospital. The meeting, organized by Sinn Féin, was attended by over 70 people, including hospital staff, former patients and local residents.

The meeting was addressed by Karen Sweeney, an INO member and nurse at St. Michael's. Labour Party TD Eamon Gilmore, People Before Profit spokesperson Richard Boyd Barrett and Sinn Féin's Dún Laoghaire representative Eoin Ó Broin also spoke.

Speaking after the meeting Ó Broin said, "Tonight's meet was well attended and constructive. Despite the lack of clarity on the future of the hospital the meeting was unanimous in the view that St. Michael's hospital should stay in Dún Laoghaire. The meeting also agreed unanimously agreed that a campaign group should be established to defend the existing facility and secure an expansion of services including the return of 24-hour accident and emergency.

"A proposal to invite the Dun Laoghaire Community Association to convene a campaign group was agreed by the meeting. It was also agreed that all political parties, the INO and PNA and local residents should be invited to participate and that an initial working meeting to agree the principles and initial steps of the campaign be held as a matter of urgency.

"It was agreed that people should reconvene next Tuesday night June 12th at the Kingston Hotel at 8pm to present the outcome of the working meeting to a wider group at a meeting being organized by people Before Profit."

In conclusion Ó Broin said, "Tonight's meeting was a great success. There is wide spread support in Dún Laoghaire for a strong effective campaign in support of our local hospital. If this support can be effectively harnessed then a successful campaign can be built." ENDS

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