Minister for Health rules out return of cancer services to Sligo General

The Minister for Health has ruled out a return of breast cancer surgery to Sligo General Hospital.

After a meeting with representatives from the Sligo area earlier  - James Reilly said the matter was still under review.

Junior Minister and Sligo-Leitrim TD John Perry admitted last week that it was a mistake to promise that breast cancer services would resume at Sligo General Hospital within 100 days of the Government taking office.

During the election campaign, Fine Gael promised to restore the service - while Labour said a ninth centre of excellence would be provided in Sligo.

Fine Gael Councillor Barry O'Neill said he would resign from the party if services were not restored during the term of this Government. It is not yet clear if he is to actually now tender his resignation.