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Wednesday 7 December 2016

'This is what my daughter (7) was given for her tea in hospital today - disgraceful!'

Ingrid Hoey tweeted this image of her daughter's dinner in a children's hospital. Photo: Ingrid Hoey/twitter
Ingrid Hoey tweeted this image of her daughter's dinner in a children's hospital. Photo: Ingrid Hoey/twitter

A mother has branded a dinner given to her seven-year-old daughter in a Dublin hospital as "disgraceful".

Ingrid Hoey posted a picture of the meal to her Twitter account.

The image shows a meat pie of some variety, chips and ketchup.

Ms Hoey tweeted the picture at Health Minister Leo Varadkar's official Twitter account with the caption: "This is what my 7 yr old was given for her tea in hospital in Dublin today! Disgraceful".

She does not mention what hospital her daughter was in. The image was posted on Monday, April 20th.

Ms Hoey asked her 5,000 plus followers to retweet the image.

Ms Hoey is stylist to Kathryn Thomas, Rachel Stevens and Una Foden on hit RTE series 'The Voice'.

Ms Hoey's comments come some five months after Michellin starred chef Oliver Dunne attempted to start a campaign to improve the quality of food in Irish hospitals after his wife Sabine was served a slice of ham, grated cheese and a boiled egg as part of a meal in the Mater Hospital.

He met with Health Minister Leo Varadkar and visited the Mater's kitchen in February. He praised the kitchen as being "spotless" and said the visit was the first step in a process to improve the quality of food in the Irish hospitals.

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