Monday 19 March 2018

Army mobilises to help vital health-care staff

Paul Melia

The Defence Forces were mobilised yesterday to help transport vital medicines and health-care staff to remote communities cut off by snow.

Requests poured in for assistance throughout yesterday and the Army has drivers of 4X4 vehicles on standby at barracks across the country ready to help.

Nurses from Harold's Cross and St Francis Hospices in Raheny in Dublin were transported to patients' homes yesterday, while the Army also helped deliver hot meals to elderly people in Balbriggan.

Spokesman Captain Pat O'Connor said last night that nurses would be taken to work in Bantry hospital, while HSE staff in Wexford would be taken to isolated houses where patients might need medical attention.

"We've requests coming in all the time. Headquarters across the country will say yes to any request that comes in, provided we are capable. We have cars in Clonmel, Cork, Limerick and Kilkenny ready to go. We have groups on standby right across the country. Should we receive requests for foodstock for farmers we will do so," he said.

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