By Eugene McGloin
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT feels that the north west voted to leave the European Union and, indeed, left the Republic of Ireland.
Rather, Sligo TD Marc Mac Sharry said that is how it feels to him when he sees this area omitted in Government responses.
percent of Ireland's landmass was in the north west and it has a
population of 300,000, MacSharry told the Dáil yesterday.
''Yet again and as usual,'' said Mac Sharry, ''that corner of the country has been cast aside. That is not acceptable.
''It is nothing personal but I am afraid the prepared reply given to the Minister of State is insufficient in the extreme.''
MacSharry was speaking during a debate on juveniles with arthritis in the Dáil yesterday, Wednesday.
He noted specific cases in Sligo of children who could use greater levels of State assistance. See link below.
Nationwide, children ''in chronic pain'' are on waiting lists of up to two years, said Deputy Mac Sharry.
The country had just 2.5 consultants assisting these children, he noted.
it needed six consultants -- in line with best international practice
-- Deputy MacSharry urged during the debate yesterday afternoon.p
Junior Minister Jim Daly read a reply which Mac Sharry said was ''really insulting, whoever wrote it.'' See link below.
Minister Daly: ''It is proposed that rheumatology consultants will
provide outreach clinics to Cork, Galway and Limerick, providing greater
local access to services for patients outside the Dublin area.''
robust exchanges yesterday MacSharry claimed one meeting with him fell
through because Health Minister Simon Harris was tied up in Fine Gael's
recent leadership duel.
That meeting ''had
to be cancelled at short notice as a result of the demands of the
leadership campaign that was under way within Fine Gael at the time,''
He was also dismissive of suggestions that those with juvenile arthritis could avail of services in the new children's hospital.
Said Mac Sharry: ''The Minister of State mentioned the new children's hospital.
''For God's sake, when will that be built? We really do not know. The project is ten years in the making so far.
sick children will be adults by the time it is built and the effects of
not being seen in a timely fashion will have crystallised, so that is
not acceptable,'' the Dáil heard.
Link: Dáil debate pages 42 and 43.