24/7 bringing region together says Chamber CEO


Cardiac Care Dail


Following the dignified protest at Leinster House on Tuesday, in support of 24/7 Cardiac Care at University Hospital Waterford, Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said it was heartening to see the region work closely together on such a critical issue.


“Not since the Three Sisters bid have we seen such a showing of support across the region. To stand outside the Dáil yesterday and be seated among representatives from across the South East at the meeting was certainly encouraging and we must commend David Cullinane, Mary Butler, the local campaign groups and speakers for their commitment."


“The passion displayed by all protesters and speakers, and in particular Catherine Power, was truly admirable. I hope it won’t fall on deaf ears and that her plea will be heard. However, it is appalling that it took the death of Thomas Power (RIP) to get to this point and it was utterly disappointing that Minister Harris chose not to attend. I was heartened however that members of the Oireachtas finally acknowledged that the Herity Report is flawed.


“24/7 Cardiac Care is a critical issue for all across the South East but it goes further than that. In terms of business and the economy it too plays a vital role. A reputation for poor healthcare in the region can have negative effects in terms of tourism, population growth and FDI Investment. The campaign must and will continue for the future of the region.”



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