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Pensioner's 52-minute wait for an ambulance

A 73-YEAR-OLD man lay injured on a Dublin street for 52 minutes before an ambulance arrived.

The pensioner slipped and fell on a pavement off Talbot Street in the city centre last night.

Tourists and locals went to help the man, who was clearly distressed by the incident.

Gardai from nearby Store Street and staff from Molloy's pub nearby went to help.

They covered the man in blankets and called an ambulance.


But repeated calls to the ambulance service we're rebuffed by operators who said no crews were available to answer the emergency.

Eventually, members of the Dublin Fire Brigade arrived at the scene to look after the man until an ambulance crew from Donnybrook attended the scene.

One of the unsung heroes who went to the man's aid was furious at the delay – but not at the ambulance crew.

"If that was Enda Kenny or Eamonn Gilmore lying in the street after a fall, they wouldn't have to wait almost an hour," said one of the furious passersby who stopped to help.

"It is an absolute disgrace."