Fianna Fáil Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor has revealed that Carlow Ambulance Base is set to receive major investment in order to bring the facility up to standard.

The Minister of State for Health Catherine Byrne confirmed the news to Senator Murnane O’Connor in the Seanad earlier today. The Carlow Senator has previously raised the issue on a number of occasions where she highlighted the poor conditions that National Ambulance Service staff in Carlow are being forced to work in.

Senator Murnane O’Connor said, “The National Ambulance Service currently operates a base on the grounds of St. Dympna’s Hospital in Carlow. The facility is of vital importance to Carlow as it provides ambulance cover for the entire county. Concerns were previously raised that the facility might have to close due to the poor condition of the building. This is something which I have sought to prevent and I’ve raised it in the Seanad on a number of occasions.

“The Government previously confirmed to me that they were looking to secure investment to bring the facility up to standard in light of the health and safety concerns facing staff. I am delighted to confirm that €300,000 has now been set aside to provide a new ambulance base on the grounds of St. Dympna’s Hospital. This will help protect our ambulance service in Carlow in the years ahead. I’m also glad to confirm that there will be no disruption to the provision of emergency ambulance services to the people of Carlow during the transition to the new base.

“I’ll be monitoring this situation in the weeks ahead to ensure the works proceed as planned. This is an important project and it must be given priority.”