Wednesday 21 March 2018

Lise Hand: Death, taxes and hard choices certain for FG

TEMPERS were frayed in the Dail yesterday in the aftermath of a fraught day of protest both inside and outside Leinster House over the closure of Roscommon Hospital's A&E department.

For the first time since the final tottering, chaotic months of the last government, there had been a dramatic vote in the Dail. On Wednesday evening all eyes were on the two Fine Gael deputies from Roscommon -- South Leitrim, Denis Naughten and Frank Feighan, who were getting it in the neck from their constituents and also from the constituency's third deputy, Independent Luke Ming Flanagan -- who were all urging them to support the Sinn Fein motion to reverse the decision on the emergency department.

In the end Frank toed the Government line, but a visibly stressed Denis held his nose and threw himself overboard and into the political wilderness.

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