[Sinn Fein]

29th September 2002

Monaghan General Hospital protest will be brought to Taoiseach's door

Protest Vigil outside Taoiseach's Department begins Monday 30 September 12 noon

Monaghan people demanding the restoration of services to their General Hospital will begin on Monday, 30 September, at 12 noon, a month-long protest fast and vigil outside the Department of the Taoiseach in Dublin. They are demanding the direct intervention of the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to save Monaghan Hospital from downgrading and eventual closure.

Protesters will maintain the vigil and fast on bread and water beginning today at 12 noon and continuing in 24-hour relays until 28 October.

Announcing the commencement of the protest, Cavan/Monaghan Deputy TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, said:

"This protest has been organised in response to the growing anger of citizens in County Monaghan who are incensed at the continuing loss of services in their General Hospital and frustrated at the total lack of Government response to their repeated representations."

Deputy Ó Caoláin will be available to speak to the media at the protest at 12 noon on Monday 30 September (or beforehand by arrangement).

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