Councillor repeats threat to quit party if hospital closes

A Labour Party councillor has reaffirmed his commitment to resign from the party if Lifford Community Hospital is closed.

A Labour Party councillor has reaffirmed his commitment to resign from the party if Lifford Community Hospital is closed.

Earlier this month the hospital was given a temporary reprieve after the HSE’s service plan for 2012 had earmarked the unit for closure. Health minister James Reilly gave a commitment that the hospital would not close this year.

During an emergency debate on the issue in County House Cllr Frank McBreatry Jnr said he was standing over his threat to stand down to his own party to stand down if the hospital closes.

“There is a bright future for Lifford hospital and I hope that I don’t have to stand down from the Labour Party. This is not just about Lifford because it stretches into parts of the Inishowen and Letterkenny areas.”

Fianna Fáil councillor Gerry Crawford acknowledged the effort that have been made to safe the hospital by the Friends of Lifford Hospital and local representatives.

He said the council should ask the minister to maintain the commitment to keep a service at Letterkenny General Hospital.

Fianna Fail councillor Ciaran Brogan said he would not be optimistic about the future of the hospital. He said he would also be concerned about the future of community hospital in Ballyshannon and Milford as well.

Fine Gael councillor Bernard McGuinness said he wanted reassurances that there would be no more closures.