'Dr Susan O'Reilly is the first medical person who ever told me that the golden hour does not matter, did you ever hear such rubbish'
Speaking to the thousands of Laois people who converged on Portlaoise Main Street tonight for the 'Light for Lives' rally to save Portlaoise Hospital, Laois Deputy Brian Stanley said "we need to stop the madness".
He said that the CEO of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group had "fake facts".
"Dr Susan O'Reilly is the first medical person who ever told me that the golden hour does not matter, did you ever hear such rubbish in your life, we need to stop the madness," he said.
He said that he told Dr O'Reilly recently that the plan had "no support from staff, politically, from county councillors, or from the four corners of Laois and beyond, in north Tipperary, Offaly and south Kildare".
"I told her to scrap her plan," he said.
"There's a politicial decision due to be made in the next fortnight, I have said to Minister Simon Harris that it'd better be the right decision for Laois," Dep Stanley said.
"We need to stop this situation where the staff of the hospital are under threat. The hospital needs to be expanded and upgraded. We need to be ambitious for Portlaoise, county Laois and our hospital, and settle for nothing less," he said.