Sunday 20 January 2019

Poll gives ambulance service a stay of execution

A north Dublin ambulance service due to be axed this week has been extended for an additional three weeks -- in the run- up to the election.

The ambulance, which is run by Dublin Fire Brigade at Swords Fire Station, has been under threat because of the HSE's failure to cough up €1.5m -- which it owes from 2008 and 2009.

But Fine Gael's James O'Reilly told the Herald that no further threats would be made to the service until a new government is in power.


"I welcome the fact that there has been a stay of execution for another month. It should stay in that situation until a new government can make a decision on it."

He warned: "If the ambulances are pulled out of Dublin to look after a case in Dublin north, then lives will be at stake."

However, Fianna Fail politicians have accused the Fine Gael TD of "auction politics" in the run-up to the Election.

Families in north Dublin have been fighting to keep the service along with the local fire crew, which has been lobbying politicians for a U-turn on the ambulance service's future.


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