THE huge bill facing the cash-strapped Health Service Executive (HSE) for emergency fire service charges due to a faulty alarm system in a vacant hospital grew further at the weekend when two additional false alarms were triggered.
It emerged last week that the HSE South had already splashed out a whopping €31,000 on emergency callout charges at the former St Finan's psychiatric hospital in Killarney, Co Kerry, since the start of 2012.
Firefighters rushed to the sprawling three-storey Victorian-era hospital an incredible 60 times after the alarm was set off due to damaged wiring in an antiquated fire alert system.
The HSE must now add an extra €1,000 payment to a rocketing bill following two additional false alarm calls within a one-hour period at the weekend.
There are no patients remaining in the hospital and the building will shortly be completely vacated when administrative staff move to alternative accommodation.
A spokesman for the HSE South said it would not have been cost effective to upgrade the fire alarm and security system in the hospital given that it is due to close down completely.