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Calls for Feighan to step down

ROSCOMMON'S Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan bore the brunt of his constituents' anger outside the Dail last night as up to 1,000 people demanded the Government fulfil its hospital election promises.

Mr Feighan was forced to take cover in Buswell's Hotel as protesters called for his resignation.

Mr Feighan said he supported Enda Kenny despite the decision to shut the A&E. "I will go by my heart and by my head and deliver what I believe is the right thing," he said.

Campaigner Mike Higgins called on him to "vote with his conscience".

Mr Higgins, originally from Tulsk, Co Roscommon, had flown from Toronto to join the protest.

"I want him to go in and remember the promises he made. Some of my family may die because of it," Mr Higgins said. "I felt I wanted to be here."

Martin McLoughlin (56), from Mount Talbot, had a stroke five years ago.

"I was rushed to Roscommon Hospital," he said. "The doctors saved my life; I was only four miles from the hospital. They said I wouldn't make it to Galway."

Irish Independent