A&E work expected soon

Fianna Fáil Cllr Dessie Larkin said a contractor is expected to be appointed soon to complete work on the new A&E unit at Letterkenny General Hospital.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Dessie Larkin said a contractor is expected to be appointed soon to complete work on the new A&E unit at Letterkenny General Hospital.

The councillor said there is still eight to 10 weeks of work left on the unit, which has been put on hold since McNamara Construction went into receivership last year.

At the June meeting of the county council, Cllr Larkin received cross-party support for his motion, which called on the council to ask the Minister of Health and Children “to put all necessary resources in place to open the much-needed A&E” at the hospital. Cllr. Larkin said council needed “to call on the bondsman and the Health Service Executive to meet and make this happen”.

Cllr Larkin was part of a Letterkenny town council delegation that met recently with hospital management, and said they learned that the hospital was confident that the bondsman would appoint a contractor for the remaining work within a matter of weeks.

Cllr Larkin and other councillors at the June council meeting also expressed support for sub-contractors who were not paid when McNamara went into receivership.