8 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The voice of Minister for Health Dr James Reilly was heard in the meeting chamber of Monaghan Co Council for the first time on Monday last.

Minister Reilly, who has refused recent requests from the Council for a meeting to discuss the downgrading of services at Monaghan General Hospital, was heard to promise his resignation from office if he did not deliver on commitments he made to safeguard services there.

What members were listening to, however, was an internet recording of a speech made by Dr Reilly during the last General Election campaign at a public rally on the steps of Monaghan Courthouse prior to his assuming his Ministerial role – played via laptop by Sinn Féin councillor for North Monaghan Sean Conlon during discussion of a Motion of Urgent Business tabled by his party.

This challenged the Minister to do for Monaghan General Hospital what he had recently done for hospitals in Kilkenny and Wexford and sanction funding for improvements there.

The renewed pressure on the Minister to deliver on his Monaghan Hospital promises was reinforced by emphatic comments from the Fine Gael Mayor of the Council, Hugh McElvaney, who said: “We need action and it is up to Minister Reilly to deliver it.”

The SF Urgent Business Motion read: “Monaghan Co Council notes last week’s revelations that Minister James Reilly personally approved capital funding for hospitals in Kilkenny and Wexford.
“That we hereby call on the Minister for …

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