Monday 19 February 2018

Junior Minister being treated for blood poisoning

Kathleen Lynch was at flooded Letterkenny General

Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch pictured at the Psychiatric Unit at Letterkenny Hospital on Wednesday along with Cliff Hayley, Kevin Mills and Eugene McElroy of the Donegal Mental Health Services
Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch pictured at the Psychiatric Unit at Letterkenny Hospital on Wednesday along with Cliff Hayley, Kevin Mills and Eugene McElroy of the Donegal Mental Health Services
Kathleen Lynch

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

JUNIOR Health Minister Kathleen Lynch has taken ill following a visit to flooded Letterkenny General Hospital this morning.

Ms Lynch was due to travel to the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, afterwards but has now cancelled her appearance.

MacGill organiser Joe Mulholland said he had been told Ms Lynch is in "intensive care" with recurring problem.

However, Mr Mulholland said it was no cause for alarm. The Department of Health had no further information to add.

However, a Labour spokesman said he is unsure if Ms Lynch was in intensive care, but said she will be in hospital for a few days.

He said Ms Lynch was inspecting the mental health wing, and then went up to look at the flooded areas of the hospital.

She then felt ill, and was checked on by staff who advised her to stay at the hospital.

"She will likely be there for a few days, but will be on her feet a few days after that," the spokesman said.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the hospital will be closed from lengthy period following the weekend floods, and Health Minister James Reilly visited the facility on Sunday.

Dr Reilly is speaking in Glenties later this afternoon.

Although the hospital is flood-damaged, some parts of it remain open.

Dr Reilly visited Ms Lynch in Letterkenny before travelling to Glenties, but his spokesman said the trip had been planned to inspect the damage at the hospital even before his junior minister took ill.

Dr Reilly had already been in Letterkenny to see the flood damage on Sunday, and wanted to have another look before arriving at the MacGill school.

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