Inishowen TDs query flooding

With literally thousands of patients from Inishowen likely to be seriously affected by last Friday’s disastrous floods at Letterkenny General Hospitals two local TDs have queried why flooding occurred for a second time.

It was confirmed yesterday the hospital will close for two weeks while the recently opened accident and emergency unit could be closed for up to nine months.

Fianna Fáil Deputy Charlie McConalogue has called for a clear commitment from Government for emergency funding to reinstate all services at Letterkenny General but added: “Questions must be asked about how a new building could suffer such a calamitous event. The onus is on the Minister, his Department and the HSE to investigate this disaster fully, identify any structural problems and establish how such a disaster can be avoided in the future.”

Meanwhile Sinn Fein’s Padraig MacLochlainn pointed out the emergency department had flooded prior to its official opening and he wanted to know why no lessons had been learned.

The Sinn Féin Deputy said: “I am greatly alarmed to learn that the new A&E Department has been flooded again, this time at great inconvenience to staff and patients.

“Why were the necessary flood defences not erected? How could such a costly project not have mitigated against any threat from flooding at planning stage?

“I will be demanding answers from the HSE on why lessons from the previous flooding were not learned. We need answers.”