Cllr Delaney promises meeting with Taoiseach

Any doubts over future of Mountmellick’s hospital according to a town councillor who also promised that An Taoiseach Enda Kenny would meet councillors on the issue.

Any doubts over future of Mountmellick’s hospital according to a town councillor who also promised that An Taoiseach Enda Kenny would meet councillors on the issue.

“No fear whatsoever of Mountmellick,” was the assurance Cllr Bobby Delaney conveyed to the Town Council monthly meeting last Thursday evening.

It related to St Vincent’s Hospital and, according to him, came from senior Fine Gael sources.

“If there is any fear (for the hospital), we can, through Deputy Flanagan, have a meeting with the Taoiseach,” he pledged

Cllr Paddy Bracken: “That’s good news. I appreciate the commitment given tonight by Cllr Delaney. I have no doubt about the bona fides of Deputy Flanagan. I would be very dubious about the Taoiseach. He gave a commitment about Roscommon Hospital and we saw what happened there.”

Cllr Stephen Lynch believed that St Vincent’s Hospital should be extended.

Cllr Denis O’Mara: “I would say I will believe it only when I see it in writing.” Earlier, he had described a Dept of Health letter relating to St Vincent’s Hospital as “very disappointing.”

Cllr Marc Connolly claimed beds in the hospital were being emptied rather than being filled.

Cllr Michael Gormley: “We should try and secure a meeting with Kathleen Lynch, the junior Minister.”

On Cllr Bracken’s suggestion, it was agreed that the Council should make a submission to the HSE’s formum relating to the care of the elderly.