Meeting sought over ambulance bay location

CHAIRMAN of Edenderry Town Council Jim Murrin raised the issue of a permanent home for Edenderry’s ambulance service at the recent Edenderry Area Committee meeting.

CHAIRMAN of Edenderry Town Council Jim Murrin raised the issue of a permanent home for Edenderry’s ambulance service at the recent Edenderry Area Committee meeting.

He said it had been suggested that it be housed at the Fire Station, but the only person who had an issue with this was the County Manager.

Cllr John Foley said the matter had been raised at the May meeting of Offaly County Council by Cllr Noel Bourke.

“The present accomodation is totally unsuitable,” said Cllr Bourke who said he couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a permanent place for the ambulance instead of the current “makeshift” arrangement.

He said the HSE had agreed to meet councillors to discuss the issue and that 1,300 calls had been made to the service since the ambulance centre was set up.

Cllr Murrin said the Fire Station would be the most suitbale location for the time being. He said town council members had asked the area committee councillors to get a specific meeting with the County Manager on the issue, and nobody had gotten back to them to update them on what had taken place.

Cllr Foley said the six members would try and get a meeting with the County Manager specifically on the issue as if the situation was not rectified they “could lose the ambulance.”