CO COUNCIL SECURES LONG-AWAITED MEETING WITH HEALTH MINISTER

13 May 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has finally agreed to meet a delegation from Monaghan Co Council.

The announcement – which perhaps significantly comes a week after the announcement of €9.5 million funding to develop a primary care centre adjacent Monaghan General Hospital – was made to the Council members by Co Mayor Hugh McElvaney at Tuesday’s meeting of the authority in Clones.

Mayor McElvaney, who had absented himself for vested interest reasons from a discussion on the Scotch Corner landfill facility, returned to the meeting room in the Clones Credit Union building to inform his colleagues that he had just received the “exciting news” that the Minister for Health had invited a Council delegation to a meeting in Dublin at 2 pm on Wednesday, June 5 next.

“We can raise anything we like,” the Mayor stated, pointing out that the delegation would consist of two members from each political grouping on the Council, an Independent councillor and a Co Council official [the Mayor himself will also accompany the delegation].

Members chosen to form the delegation were David Maxwell and Ciara McPhillips (Fine Gael); Robbie Gallagher and P J O’Hanlon (Fianna Fáil), Brian McKenna and Matt Carthy (Sinn Féin), and Paudge Connolly (Independent).

Mayor McElvaney also stated that the Minister was concerned as to whether the Council had welcomed the €9.5 million allocation for …

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