Jim joins battle for hometown hospital
POP star Jim Corr last night joined hundreds of protesters fighting to hold onto acute services at his local hospital.
But Anita McCann, spokeswoman for the Save the Louth County Hospital Committee, told an estimated crowd of 500 in Dundalk town square they would fight on despite the closures being scheduled for next week.
Jim Corr, of the famous pop band The Corrs, and his father Gerry are long-term supporters.
From next Friday, patients "will never spend another night in an acute bed in the Louth", the rally was told, and Ms McCann accused local politicians of not "giving a damn".
Among the protesters was Pat Markey from nearby Blackrock who has attended the hospital for 36 years and was the last patient to leave the male ward the previous day.
Recovering from a stroke, he said he owes his life to the hospital and his treatment of the staff during his eight week stay. "I wouldn't have made it only the hospital is there", he said.
Una McArdle, a clerical admissions officer who has worked in the hospital for 27 years, is a member of the committee battling to save the hospital.
She spoke of the "heartbreak of staff" and their disbelief as wards closed yesterday.