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Mid-West Health Campaign willing to take fight to Dublin

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Organisers of the Mid-West Health Campaign have said they will take their protests to the streets of Dublin.

On Saturday, an estimated 2,000 people attended a protest march in Limerick, the biggest demonstration organised by the group to date.

92 flags red flags were carried at the march representing each of the patients on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick on January 9th which was the highest instance of over crowding ever recorded in an Irish hospital.

Marchers shouted “enough is enough” and “shame, shame, shame” as they walked from St John’s Hospital through to Limerick City Centre as far as Bedford Row.

Organisers have confirmed to The Clare Echo that they intend to take their campaign to the streets of Dublin “if that is what it takes” following the disruptive demonstrations held by Irish farmers recently.

They are now seeking to join alliances with other groups across the county as organiser Noeleen Moran outlined.

“There were people from Cork, we have received messages from groups campaigning in Kerry and Galway, if we can forge alliances and move towards a national demonstration to keep the heat on Government that is the next step and the plan, we would encourage people to get in touch with the Mid-West Campaign group via Facebook or Twitter, the more people that get involved in this the better”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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