*Crowds from Sunday’s protest. Photograph: John Mangan Approximately 250 people attended a protest in Ennis on Sunday afternoon voicing their frustrations loud and clear with the current health care offering in the Mid-West of Ireland.
*Some of the crowd gathered at the January 2017 protest. Photograph: Martin Connolly A group behind a protest taking place this Sunday are “demanding” the reopening of the accident and emergency unit plus the upgrade to a model three hospital at Ennis General Hospital.
*Our Lady’s Hospital. Photograph: DNG A number of infrastructural requirements for Ennis including the development of Our Lady’s Hospital have been identified as part of the Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES).
US President Donald Trump is expected to visit Co Clare in June according to reports.
One Ennis woman whose daughter spent six days in hospital last week has declared she would avoid going to University Hospital Limerick even if she was dying.
A drugs detox unit at Ennis General Hospital would provide a means of dealing with addiction for users that cannot afford private facilities according to Labour’s Seamus Ryan.
Management of Ennis General Hospital have quashed calls for it to become a model three hospital.
*Leo Varadkar in Ennis on Friday. Photograph: Martin Connolly Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has dismissed the theory that a hard border exists around Dublin.
A motion of no confidence in Minister for Health, Simon Harris was approved by elected members of Clare County Council on Monday evening.
Frustration has been expressed locally as the Taoiseach has stated his opposition to reopening a twenty four hour A&E at Ennis General Hospital.