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March about the future of St Joseph's Hospital taking place in Stranorlar today

Save our Hospitals campaign has urged as many people as possible to take to the streets

Michelle Nic Phaidin

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Michelle Nic Phaidin

March about  the future of St Joseph's Hospital taking place in Stranorlar today

A public march about the future of St Joseph's Hospital in Stranorlar is taking place this afternoon. 

The march will begin at the community hospital and continue towards Jackson's Hotel where a public meeting will take place at 2.30pm.
Father John Joe Duffy, who is the Chairperson of the Save our Hospitals campaign, has urged as many people as possible to take to the streets this Saturday.
Huge numbers of people came out to march three years ago in efforts to secure the future for the facility.
Fr John Joe Duffy said: “We demand that our hospital, its residential unit, is maintained and investment made to bring it to the standard that will future proof it for generations to come.
“We want care for our loved ones within the community and nothing is going to stop us this time.”
The curate, who spent a number of years working in the Twin Towns, said that the time has now come for action.
He said that people can save the hospital in Stranorlar: “The people can save St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar by putting shoe leather on the streets of the Town Twins to waken the politicians into upping their game to save our Community nursing and residential unit.”
He said that promises made to the committee have been broken and he feels that it is now time to make the government accountable.
He said: “Time for the arrogance to end and the time has come to stand with the people. ”
Fr Duffy said: “Please support the elderly and vulnerable. Let everyone from every house please take to the streets to secure the right for people to be cared for in their own community. Give one hour of your time in order to save our community residential nursing unit.”
A bus will run from the car park at Jackson's Hotel to St. Joseph's in Stranorlar from 1pm on Saturday.