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17/10/2021

Fianna Fáil leader pledges to meet Portlaoise hospital action group

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Micheál Martin with Sean Fleming and other Fianna Fáil members in Laois.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has agreed to meet the Portlaoise Hospital Action Committee on the future of hospital services in Laois.

The Fianna Fáil press office told the Leinster Express that Mr Martin had agreed in principle to meet the campaign committee after receiving a request from its secretary John Hanniffy.

FF also confirmed that Laois TD Sean Fleming had briefed Mr Martin on situation. It said its party spokesperson on health, Billy Kelleher would also attend.

A date has yet to be fixed for when the meeting would take place.

The committee has also asked for meetings with the Minister for Health Simon Harris and the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. 

Minister Harris is due to meet Laois TDs, Minister Charlie Flanagan, Dep Fleming and Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley on Friday, November 15 at 9.30 am.

Minster Harris told Morning Ireland on RTÉ that he would provide clarity on the hospital's future by the end of 2017.

Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Health, Louse O'Reilly spoke at a public meeting in Portlaoise in November. 

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