Local issue became part of a national debate
The demand for a second cath lab in University Hospital Waterford was a local issue which became part of a national debate.
The second full-time lab was part of the price of support for the Government put forward by Independent Waterford Deputy John Halligan.
The promise to conduct a review of the need for the lab was seen as a formality.
Dr Niall Herity was the Belfast cardiologist tasked with carrying out the review.
Cardiologists in Waterford believed the case for a second lab was indisputable, pointing to waiting times for non-emergency patients having grown to dangerous levels of 18 months.
Inpatient treatment times had risen to more than a week when ideally they should be treated in 24 hours.
But Dr Herity said that based on his analysis a second cath lab was not warranted, although there should be more investment in the existing service.
Cork University Hospital would be the back-up.