Monday 20 November 2017

Union condemns 'mindless behaviour' after ambulance windows smashed outside hospital

The ambulance's windows were smashed outside the Mater Hospital. Picture: Swords Ambulance
The ambulance's windows were smashed outside the Mater Hospital. Picture: Swords Ambulance
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The windows of an ambulance parked outside a Dublin hospital were smashed in an apparent act of vandalism early on Monday morning.

SIPTU has condemned the attack on the HSE ambulance.

In a statement this evening the union said the vehicle was parked outside the Mater Hospital in Dublin 7 when a brick was thrown through the windows.

Nobody was injured in the incident but the vehicle was taken out off the road for a period of time.

Organiser, John McCamley, said: “The driver and passenger side windows were smashed by a brick while the vehicle was parked outside the emergency department of the Mater Hospital as staff transferred a patient.

“While vandalism of this nature is fortunately not common, it is deeply regrettable that it occurs at all. When such incidents do occur all the relevant stakeholders must fully co-operate in the follow up investigation and with putting any relevant new safeguards in place.”

He added: “SIPTU representatives also insist that the management of the HSE make every effort to ensure our members are not placed in any situation which would put them at risk.”

Irish Ambulance Representative Council Chairperson, Peter Ray, said: “Thankfully staff were not in the vehicle at the time of this incident. However, it did result in an emergency vehicle being taken off the road for a period of time and its repair will have a financial cost.”

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