Junior Minister, and FG Meath West TD, Damien English, has claimed that the A&E unit in Our Lady’s hospital will remain open.

The Bohermeen man’s claims came when he spoke to LMFM’s Michael Reade show on Friday morning.

His comments comes ahead of a long-awaited meeting between local politicians, the Health Minister and senior HSE officials next week.

The HSE previously raised serious concerns about patient safety at Our Lady’s Hospital, stating that it supports pressing ahead with plans to downgrade the emergency department to an acute medical assessment centre.