Commenting on a Parliamentary Question response from the HSE, Sinn Féin TD for Offaly and North Tipperary, Teachta Carol Nolan, has called on the HSE and the National Ambulance Service to prioritise the identification of a suitable temporary accommodation for the Edenderry Ambulance Service.
Teachta Nolan said, “I welcome the confirmation that the new ambulance service station in Edenderry is due to be completed by the end of 2018 at a cost of €1.7 million. This represents significant progress as the HSE has been unable to provide estimated costs and a timeframe for the project until now.
Deputy Nolan said she has sought further clarification from the Minister in relation to the amount of money that has been allocated to the project under Budget 2017 and how much has been ring-fenced by the Department of Health to complete this project.
“In the meantime, I am calling on the HSE and National Ambulance Service to intensify their ongoing discussions and prioritise the identification of a suitable temporary accommodation, pending completion of the project.
“The people of Edenderry and North Offaly cannot be left for two years without an ambulance service so it is critical that suitable temporary accommodation is identified and secured as soon as possible,” she concluded.