Saturday 17 March 2018

Powder keg over healthcare has simmered away for two decades

Robbie Dwyer protests against the closure of Roscommon A&E
Robbie Dwyer protests against the closure of Roscommon A&E

Alison O'Connor

WHAT an hysterical week it has been. The people of Roscommon need to take a very deep breath. As a county they are in danger of collective hyperventilation.

It appears as if rational thought has been abandoned with talk of people getting bullets in the head, texts being sent calling people murderers, and threats of road blockades being bandied about. There was far less brouhaha when the IMF came to the town. Speaking of which, it is extraordinary that in all the talk we've heard on rationalisation of health services the fact we don't have the money for duplication of services -- particularly those that are unsafe -- seems hardly to have been mentioned.

The powder keg that was detonated in Roscommon this week has been building over 20 years, and is a microcosm of all that is wrong in politics and the medical system in this country. You have to wonder what the extent of this week's protest means for the wider economic sphere and the Government's endurance in the longer term.

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