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Major demonstration planned in support of St Michael's Hospital

13 June, 2007

Speaking last night after a large public meeting in Dún Laoghaire local Sinn Féin representative Eoin Ó Broin has endorsed calls for a major campaign to defend and improve local hospital services.

The meeting is the second public event organised in the last two weeks on the future of St Michael's Hospital, from which a cross party community led campaign has been set up to keep St Michael's Hospital in Dún Laoghaire.

Last night's meeting agreed to roll out a massive petition campaign and to hold a family friendly public demonstration on July 14th opposing the sale of St Michael's Hospital and supporting the upgrading of local services including the return of 24 hour A&E to the hospital.

Between 300 and 400 people were in attendance at tonight's meeting that was held in the Kingston Hotel, Dún Laoghaire.

Speaking during the meeting Eoin Ó Broin said, "St Michael's Hospital is a central element of community well being in Dún Laoghaire. It is part of the life of the community and as a public hospital funded through public money belongs to the local community.

"There is enormous unease at the possibility that the hospital could be sold and moved to another site. That such a proposal is being initiated by a private developer in pursuit of profit rather than on the basis of local community needs is deeply regrettable.

"Once again I am calling on the St Vincent's Healthcare Group to provide greater clarity on the discussions that are currently taking place with private developer Noel Smith.

"Sinn Féin is committed to supporting the staff and patients of St Michael's in ensuring that Dún Laoghaire retains the existing facility. Moreover we want to see the extension of existing services to ensure that local people have the first class medical services they need, including the return of 24 hour accident and emergency services.

"Our party fully endorses tonight's proposal to organise a large demonstration of public support for these demands and we will continue to play an active part in this important campaign." ENDS

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