‘Something which both I, and Dr. Donal Murray, have been campaigning hard for’
Sligo News File Online.
Sligo – Leitrim T.D. Tony McLoughlin has this morning welcomed the “substantial policy change by the Saolta Hospital Group” regarding the development of a fixed Cardio Catheterisation Lab (CAT LAB)service in Sligo Regional Hospital.
The Fine Gael Deputy said;
“This has been something which both I, and Dr. Donal Murray, have been campaigning hard for the people Sligo and the entire Northwest region.
“During my meetings with Minister Varadkar on this particular issue, I made it abundantly clear that the Northwest region needed to have access to this vital service. There was a clear case of having the required population for the service to be viable and it makes sense in terms of geography, medical need, but also in terms of finances.
“After today’s announcement by the hospital group, I now plan to lobby Minister Varadkar over the coming weeks again in order to seek to expedite the process of this project going to tender.”
He added that “this positive decision for Sligo and the Northwest comes at an exciting time for Sligo Regional hospital as the new Medical Academy block completion nears completion amongst many other potential developments.
“With today’s announcement, it is clear to see that services in Sligo Regional Hospital continue to be of paramount importance within the Saolta Group and for patients accessing these services.”
McLoughlin has said he was also “very pleased” that so many sports organisations in the constituency were successful in securing aid under the Sports Capital Programme.
“Fine Gael want to support all that is good in rural Ireland and the Sports Capital Programme will enhance many rural clubs with the aim of improving their potential to support increased sporting activity.”
The funding, he said “will assist these voluntary and community organisations to develop high quality, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities and provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation”
Clubs supported under this year’s allocation include:
Ballisodare Community Sports Complex Ltd – €44,000
Ballygawley community park – €7,000
Ballymote handball/racquet club – €17,000
Eastern Harps GAA Club – €39,000