Updated: Fianna Fail and Ind. accuse Labour’s Jimmy Harte of dodging the issues

Labour's Jimmy Harte has been accused of dodging the issue by refusing to comment on concerns that Labour policy on cancer services will see those services cut at Letterkenny General.

Independent candidate Betty Holmes says a promise from Labour Sligo / North Leitrim candidate Susan O'Keefe that Sligo General Hospital would be made a centre of excellence if she was elected is of concern.

She says say such a move could mean a downgrading of services in Letterkenny.

Labour's Jimmy Harte has declined to comment, accusing some of using the issue as a political football - but now Fianna Fail Candidate Charlie McConalogue has entered the fray.

He shares Ms Holmes concerns and has accused Jimmy Harte of dodging the issues:

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Councillor Harte has responded by way of a statement: He said comments by political opponents are desperate eleventh-hour attempts to win votes at the expense of the most vulnerable in our society.

In order to clarify the issue, Harte said that Labour are fully behind the hospital and if elected as a TD, it would serve to strengthen the hospital's case nationally rather than diminish it. He also pointed to Jan O'Sullivan, the party's health spokesperson's, statement earlier this week which confirmed the party's commitment to cancer services in Donegal.