Community hospitals on the agenda for O’Reilly visit

The man expected to be named as the new Fine Gael Deputy Leader will be in Donegal on Monday next for a public meeting on how the party proposes to improve the health service.

Former Health Spokesperson Dr James Reilly will also meet with campaigners seeking to keep hospitals open in Lifford and Ballyshannon.

Dr James Reilly will arrive in Donegal on Monday afternoon, and meet with a number of health sector workers in Ballyshannon. he'll meet with campaigners to keep the Ropck and Shiel hospitals open, and a;sp meet with representitives of the Save Lifford Hospital campaign.

The key event of Dr Reilly's Donegal visit will be a public meeting in Kee's Hotel, Stranorlar on Monday night, during which he will present the details of Fine Gael's "FairCare" proposals. This is one of over thirty such meetings that have taken place nationwide since the party's policy launch back in March.

Dr Reilly was Health Spokesperson when the meeting was arranged, and even though the front bench was dissolved earlier this week, party sources say they were anxious to press on with the Donegal engagements.

Dr Reilly is thought to be the most likely Health Minister in a Fine Gael led government, and many are now tipping him as the partys's next Deputy Leader.