Letterkenny General Hospital will close for two weeks, while the new accident and emergency unit could be shut down for up to nine months.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties last night said the flood damage is “far worse” than first thought.
The floods on Friday, he said, “destroyed a first class medical facility”. The damage is “very substantial - records lost, MRI machine, diagnostics laboratory, walls to be stripped and decontaminated.
“It means, effectively, that Letterkenny General Hospital will be out of operation for a considerable time”.
Joe McHugh, TD, who visited the hospital on Friday and again yesterday, agreed. “A massive, massive construction job will be needed.” He also said “The hard questions will be asked” regardinghow a new building could flood.
See today’s Donegal Democrat/People’s Press for pictures and coverage, including an interview with one of the volunteers who helped clear water on Friday night, and Fr Eamonn Kelly on the damage caused by flooding at Conwal Cemetery.