‘The worst damage in living memory’ - Micheál Martin

The sheer scale of the devastation following last week’s floods at Letterkenny General Hospital has to be seen to be believed. In fact the level of damage is unprecedented for any Irish hospital in living memory, and there are serious implications for health service provision right across the North West,”

These were the words of the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin after visiting the hospital on Wednesday.

Following that visit the former minister has called for a clear commitment from the Minister for Health James Reilly on the supports that will be provided to Letterkenny General Hospital in the coming months to get it back up and running to full capacity.

He commended the remarkable work of staff and management in keeping all patients safe and comfortable during what is an unprecedented crisis.

“The sheer scale of the

“I want to commend the remarkable efforts of staff who have worked tirelessly since last Friday in the face of extremely difficult conditions to look after patients and keep the hospital going. They must be given every support possible as the recovery effort continues.

He went on: “I am calling on the Minister for Health James Reilly to clearly outline the supports that will be provided to Letterkenny General Hospital in the coming months. I

t is crucial that this goes beyond the current emergency phase. Letterkenny General Hospital is one of the busiest hospitals in the country and is critical to the health services of the North West region.

Yesterday morning Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams also visited the hospital.

Prior to the visit local TD Padraig MacLochlainn said the priority was to get the hospital back in working order as soon as possible.