Feighan blasts ambulance staff


Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has launched a blistering attack on ambulance personnel over the delay in the opening of the new ambulance base in Loughglynn, warning: “Lives will be lost.”

  Speaking in the Dáil on Tuesday night, the Government deputy vented his anger over the fact that the base was not opened, as planned, on June 15.

  It’s understood that ambulance personnel were not happy with the proposed staffing arrangement for the facility. It was planned for resources to be switched from Roscommon town to operate the base.

  Deputy Feighan said: “I am asking the ambulance service to address the situation immediately because lives will be lost if this matter, which was agreed in the Haddington Road Agreement, is not brought to a head.

  “It should be done sooner rather than later.”

  He asked Health Minister Leo Varadkar to intervene and urged ambulance staff to “live up to their obligations”.

  He added: “They should not use this as a political football or put the blame back on politicians. They have a responsibility for the lives of people in west Roscommon and east Mayo.”

  He also said that he was sick and tired of politicians “making a political football out of this” and “playing with people’s lives”.