West-North West Hospital Group to make Letterkenny General a special case for assistance

Tony Canavan
West NW Hospital Group's Tony Canavan

An investigation has been opened after Letterkenny General Hospital in Donegal was hit by flooding for the second time in a year.

Its emergency department was closed for three hours last night - as emergency services worked to remove floodwaters after torrential rainfall.

Management says its investigation is at an 'early stage' but 'considerably less' damage was caused than last year - when over 40 million euro was needed to repair the facility.

The COO of West-North West Hospital Group is Tony Canavan - he says given last nights events and recent problem created by staff shortages, the group needs to give Letterkenny General special attention:

Michael McBride
Cllr Michael McBride

The Chairperson of the Letterkenny Municple Authority says it is not good enough that on any given day a torrential downpour could force the closure of one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the country.

Councillor Michael McBride has backed calls for a full independent inquiry into flooding at Letterkenny General - he has questioned the if the Emergency Department has a future in its current location: