Aontú leader and Meath West TD, Peadar Toibín, has told Meath Live that there won’t be a government TD elected in the county if they allow the closure of the A&E in Our Lady’s hospital to go ahead.
And he warned the coalition partners, ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet’ in relation to public anger and protests over the issue.
He said, ‘We’ll block the roads to Dublin if needs be, the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, should not underestimate the depth of feeling locally on this, closing A&E is just the tip of the iceberg if that happens I believe the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is next on the hit list.
‘As far as I am concerned the Minister is a passenger on the HSE bus and not the driver, I have spoken to people within the RCSI the regional grouping that includes Our Lady’s and they are concerned that closure would represent a serious threat to the health and safety of people in Meath.
‘At the moment there is a 13-hour wait time in the A&E in Drogheda’s Lourdes hospital and the HSE wants to add the 200,000 people of Meath to those that attend there.
‘This is a cause that the entire county is rallying around and our voices cannot be ignored.