Kenny turns up heat on Finneran over Hospital

Pauline Scott Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny visited Roscommon town this week to meet with Roscommon Hospital staff and turn up the heat on newly-appointed Minister of State Michael Finneran.    Deputy Kenny said that Minister of State Finneran will have to back up his words on the issue of Roscommon County Hospital with deeds – or else  consider his position.  Deputy Kenny was speaking at a press conference in the Abbey Hotel on Monday last after a meeting between hospital staff at various levels and Fine Gael TDs. The Fine Gael leader was joined by local Fine Gael TDs Denis Naughten and Frank Feighan and local councillors and Fine Gael activists.   At the press conference, the Fine Gael leader also slammed a decision by the Government to pull the plug on €4 million in funding for Mayo/Roscommon Hospice to provide an eight-bed palliative care unit and stated that the Government is spending €35 million on two PR programmes, one for the Department of the Environment and the other promoting Transport 21, the government’s transport strategy.  ‘For the last ten years the Government has thrown money at problems but never set in place structures for efficiencies. That €35 million could have been used to provide care and comfort and succour for people in palliative care situations.’ Deputy Kenny concluded by saying that Minister Finneran must achieve results when he meets the Health Minister or else consider his position.