HUGE public support is set to be mobilised next Sunday, April 29, to force the health authorities to the table over the future of the Abbeyleix Community Nursing Unit.
The Abbeyleix Hospital Action Campaign want to send out a message to the HSE and Minister for Health James Reilly that their second mass protest next Sunday is more than a straight forward “don’t do that to us” demostration. They say their protest is based on solid organisation and logic.
Campaign PRO Gary O’Keefe said the issue affects all corners of the community, and there are no divides which are not crossed to make sure everyone’s voice is heard. He said nearly every local group is involved.
“GAA, IFA, ICA, Youth groups, Schools, ICMSA, ICSA, gun clubs, golf clubs, vintage clubs, SIPTU, Every parish priest and vicar is reading it off the pulpits, every bingo has it announced.
“Macra are behind it and put it on the agenda of their AGM as some thing they need to promote and support. Probus, Age Action Ireland, Rotary clubs and Lions Clubs will be represented on the day.
“All possible sports clubs, Comhaltas groups, local ploughing, Forogie , community alerts, High Nellie clubs…This is a movement created by people who are using their heads and are not going to stand for something that is clearly wrong .
He said there is no underlying political forces at work with all Oireachtas member and asked them to make a joint, united appeal to the Minister for Health James Reilly to intervene and put pressure on the HSE to start using common sense and of course some of this great transparency that he speaks about.
Mr O’Keefe said a consultation process is supposed to start where the members of the community will have an input into what happens but the HSE are not listening
“We are going to make them listen and if we have to mobilise the whole country, we will. I think that this is the start of a new way of protesting, about something that is clearly wrong.
“This is not about saying we won’t pay this tax or that, this is a community taking a stand and saying Enough is Enough – this is wrong!”