Senators welcome new hospital for Kenmare

THE Taoiseach's announcement of a new hospital for Kenmare was wecloemd in the Seanad by Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly. The fact of the matter was that the hospital in Kenmare was not meeting current HIQA standards and had to be replaced, he said.

He asked the Leader of the House to bring the Minister for Health & Children into the House.

"We have been working on this issue in Kenmare since 1976, when the extra 12 beds were first announced and announcements were made in 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2008," he said.

"The importance of this hospital cannot be overstated in an ageing community where many people need long-term assistance and care to recover from illnesses. I ask the Leader to arrange a monthly meeting between the HSE and the Kenmare community hospital group, led by Ms Una O'Neill, so the hospital will proceed."

The announcement was also welcomed by FG Senator Paul Coghlan.

"Like the Shannon, it is not the first time it has been delivered," he said. "I hope there is follow through. It is many years since I tabled an adjournment matter on this issue in the House and I got a commitment. I know Deputy Healy-Rae got commitments before. I have been campaigning on that matter since I entered this House in 1997. Kenmare is located at the head of two vast peninsulas, serving half of Iveragh and practically all of Beara. Upgrading of that hospital has been needed for years. I hope there will be delivery this time because we have all been shouting for it for long enough. The hospital in Kenmare is essential for that territory."