Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Taoiseach to increase the numbers of ambulance personnel in the north east. Deputy Smyth was speaking ahead of a protest on Wednesday, 27th of March at 2pm outside Leinster House to highlight the lack of resources for ambulance services in the north east.

Deputy Smyth commented, “There is a massive issue in terms of staffing for ambulance services for Cavan-Monaghan, a problem which I have raised previously in the Dáil. Lives are at risk in our constituency due to the low numbers of staff in the service.

“I have been engaging with constituents and the ambulance service personnel in Cavan Monaghan who have expressed concerns with dangerously low staffing levels.  

“Months ago, we had an announcement of six new staff assigned to Monaghan and Castleblaney. New rosters were drawn up at the time, but the new staff members never materialised.

“As a result, with a new timetable, the existing staff are stretched even further. This often leaves the service with only one person on duty to respond to an emergency call. It has reached the point whereby staff members will be protesting outside Leinster House at 2 o’clock tomorrow and I look forward to standing with them.

“I would ask the Taoiseach, the Minister for Health, and those in his Department to take notice of these dedicated individuals to ensure they have adequate resources and staff in their jobs,” concluded Deputy Smyth.