Monaghan film-makers hope to stir political consciences on hospital issue

11 February 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“We don’t want the power-hungry politicians…we want people in government who put the health of our loved ones first,” says two young Monaghan film-makers whose documentary on the fight to save services at Monaghan General Hospital becomes available to view online as the General Election campaign in Cavan/Monaghan moves into full swing.
Declan Reynolds and Ronan Connolly told The Northern Standard this week that the “Why Won’t They Listen?”documentary is being released online in time for the General Election “to remind people of what was done to the people of Monaghan county in the ‘boom’ times.”
“Being reminded of how we were treated is important when picking who we want to run our country,” they said.
The 35-minute documentary is on view on YouTube in three segments, which can be accessed as follows:
Part 1: http://bit.ly/R3EED
Part 2: http://bit.ly/dP6DDB
Part 3: http://bit.ly/ekbqkA
Derek and Ronan describe their self-funded film, which was made over five years of the campaign to prevent acute services being removed from the Monaghan hospital site, as a “politically charged documentary” which profiles the efforts of a local community to save their hospital from closure.
They say its focus is on health experts, local hospital activists and “the victims of downsizing during the economic boom”. The hospital campaign itself, and the effects on the Monaghan area when acute services were eventually taken away, are analysed in the film.
More information on “Why Won’t They Listen?” is available on the website www.stonysoil.com

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