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Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan joins children in protest

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Minister for Justice Flanagan joins children to protest downgrade of Portlaoise hospita;l

The children of a Laois school have become the first to mount a public protest against the latest effort to downgrade Portlaoise hospital.

A day ahead of a big march planned march against HSE downgrade, the pupils of Educate Together National School in Portlaoise mounted their own protest against the plan.

The children chanted 'Save Our Hospital' outside the school on Friday, December 1. The public demo is due to take place on Saturday December 1. Details here

The HSE's Dublin Midlands Hospital Group wants to withdraw, maternity, paediatrics, surgery, A&E, ICU and other services in a radical reconfiguration.

The school tweeted congratulating all the boys and girls "who know how important the services at Portlaoise Hospital are to the area!"

Laois TD and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and members of the Portlaoise Hospital Action Committee supported the protest.