Anger as ambulance service withdraws extra resources for Fleadh Cheoil
The National Ambulance Service (NAS) has withdrawn all additional resources it had planned for next month's Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann event.
Ambulance paramedics have been told by memo that all extra resources, including vehicles and staff, will not be put in place for the event, which starts on August 14 in Ennis, Co Clare, and will see 400,000 people attend.
Paramedics have expressed outrage at the news and have claimed the HSE and NAS are "playing with people's lives".
According to paramedics, management had arranged for three extra ambulances, one advanced paramedic rapid response vehicle and staff from the mid-west and western ambulance regions to be put in place.
Adrian Jackson, event controller for Fleadh Cheoil, said "a robust medical plan" was in place that did not include the provision of extra cover by the NAS.
The NAS confirmed that extra resources "were considered, but in keeping with previous years, NAS has not committed to providing additional resources".