30.10.07 - Harney Evasive on Replacement for mercy

Sinn Féin’s Cllr Jonathan O’Brien has reiterated a demand that the new Cork hospital to replace the Mercy be located on the city’s Northside. He was speaking after Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, failed to satisfactorily address a question put to her on the issue by Martin Ferris TD.

At the request of Sinn Fein Cllrs Jonathan O’Brien and Annette Spillane, Deputy Ferris asked the Minister to guarantee the new hospital would be located on the Northside. The Minister responded that this was a matter for the Health Service Executive, which her department had requested to issue a report directly to the Deputy.

Commenting, Cllr O’Brien stated: “There are over 100,000 people on Cork’s Northside who have been without a general hospital locally since the closure of the North Infirmary. Sinn Féin has been campaigning on this issue for some time. There is now an opportunity to resolve it with the building of a new hospital in Cork. The Minister has overall political responsibility and must act to ensure the hospital is located in the Northside.”

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