Meath West TD, Damien English, has revealed he will not take part in next Saturday’s protest march organised by the ‘Save Navan Hospital’ group, as he doesn’t back the approach the group is taking and has labelled the rally as ‘Premature’.

Speaking on LMFM’s Michael Reade show, English, the junior minister for Business, Employment, and Retail, again insisted there will be no changes to the A&E in the hospital and that the hospital will not close.

Ironically the Fine Gael man’s party leader, Leo Varadkar has previously revealed that he spent time as a trainee junior doctor in Our Lady’s.



English told the show, ‘I won’t be supporting the protest as I do not like their approach, all their posters and notifications centre around saving Navan hospital but Navan hospital is not under threat, Navan hospital is safe, and to say otherwise is sending out the wrong message.

‘Stephen Donnelly our Minister for health has told those with any notion of changing things in relation to Navan not to do it, how much clearer can that be and that anyone who wants change will have to make a case to him first.

‘Therefore I think this protest march is premature and I won’t be at it.’