Fianna Fáil TD, Jackie Cahill has said that any attempt to reduce or discontinue the Rapid Response Ambulance service in Tipperary will be opposed at every level by him, and Fianna Fáil.

“We’ve heard some concerning reports that a review of the service is currently underway.”

“The Rapid Response Ambulance was put in place in Co. Tipperary as a result of the closure of the Emergency Department in Nenagh a number of years ago. The service ensures that specially trained advanced paramedics are able to reach remote communities and provide life-saving interventions or stabilise people before being brought to the ED in Limerick.”

“This is a service that has saved lives, and there is a deep worry in many communities that the people of Tipperary are being forgotten about when it comes to health care.”

“This is an attack on the people of Tipperary. There’s no two ways about it. Right across Ireland, central government is reducing services in rural, remote communities. This is another example of how Fine Gael in government is entrenching a two-tier Ireland.”

“My colleagues in Fianna Fáil, and I, will be raising this issue on the floor of the Dáil, and demanding that the Minister commit to protecting this vital service,” concluded Cahill.