Monday 25 June 2018

Independent TD meets with Health Minister seeking 24-hour cardiac care for hospital

Seeking 24-hour cardiac care for the hospital. Stock photo
Seeking 24-hour cardiac care for the hospital. Stock photo

Barry Lennon

Waterford TD John Halligan insisted his demand for better services in Waterford University Hospital is not for his constituency alone.

He is meeting with Health Minister Leo Varadkar today seeking 24-hour cardiac care for the hospital, as Fine Gael seek to get Mr Halligan and other's support in Government.

John Halligan
John Halligan

“Again to emphise this isn't for Waterford, it's for the South-East. It affects Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford. That's 500,000 people,” he said.

When asked would he support Fine Gael in power if extra services are secured he said, “it depends.”

“We have to see what happens with the meetings with Fianna Fail and we don't know what the complexities are with a minority Government. We don't know what role Independents will play in that Government.”

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail's John McGuinness said his party “gave a commitment” to abolish Irish Water before being briefed on talks seeking agreement on the controversial issue.

“We canvassed on the basis that Irish Water would be abolished and charges would be suspended,” he said.

Fine Gael's Pat Deering added it was important a deal was done "so concessions would have to be made."

Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Leo Varadkar

Talks between the two parties to facilitate a Fine Gael led government continue today.

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