Minister Kathleen Lynch being treated for blood poisoning
Junior health minister Kathleen Lynch was described as stable tonight after being admitted into intensive care for blood poisoning.
The Labour TD for Cork North Central was finishing up an official visit at the recently flooded Letterkenny General Hospital in Co Donegal when she took ill.
She was today transferred by helicopterto Cork University Hospital with recurrence of septicaemia, where her condition is being described as 'comfortable'.
Septicaemia refers to an infection of the blood which can develop into potentially deadly sepsis, a condition which she was treated for in Cork last year.
A spokesman for the junior minister said her illness had stabilised throughout the day and she was in a comfortable condition.
Senator Jimmy Harte, who was with Ms Lynch at the time she fell sick, said he expects she will be kept under medical care for at least a few days.
"There happened to be a consultant close by who she was talking to when she started to feel unwell and he brought her in and she was admitted," he said.
"She was only about ten yards from a treatment room at that stage.
"She will probably in for a few days. She is in good hands, I wish her well and hope she makes a full recovery shortly."
Ms Lynch's husband Bernard, who is her personal assistant, was with her at the time and is at her bedside.
The Minster of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health was visiting the psychiatric unit of Letterkenny General Hospital, with Mr Harte, Letterkenny town mayor Pascal Blake and hospital consultants, when she started feeling unwell.
The hospital was forced to shut its accident and emergency department over the weekend after it was hit by flooding from the rainstorms.
A Labour spokesman said Ms Lynch's husband Bernard confirmed she was responsive and talking to doctors.
"Doctors felt the best place for her to be was in hospital to get some treatment," he said.
"But Bernard said she seems to be doing fine and she'll be kept in no longer than a couple of days."
Ms Lynch was due to speak at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, but was forced to cancel her appearance.