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Unite the Union Newry have unveiled a mural in Newry endorsing the campaign to keep full services at Daisy Hill Hospital.

The mural on the corner of Catherine Street and Canal Street is on the gable wall of Unite community activist Emmanuel McEvoy's home. The art work was painted by local street artist, Conor McGinley.

Commenting on the Hospital campaign Donal O'Cofaigh, Unite said "The people power campaign that has decisively succeeded, in so far as the threat that was posed by the gradual dismantling of the emergency department at Daisy Hill has been taken of the table, in so far as the Southern Trust have issued a statement saying they are committed to the continued provision of emergency department services, to the A&E in this area, but Unite the Union know this is only a temporary victory and assurance. Unfortunately until we see a commitment that guarantees and underpins that verbal assurance with the further resources thats needed to guarantee the services of the future, we can't take our foot of the accelerator at all. We need to keep the pressure on the politicians and on the health board to ensure that they follow through.

Donal O'Cofaigh speaking on behalf of Unite the Union at the unveiling of a Save Daisy Hill mural in Catherine Street in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Donal O'Cofaigh speaking on behalf of Unite the Union at the unveiling of a Save Daisy Hill mural in Catherine Street in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The Unite representative continued "It is completely and utterly unacceptable that a community is expected to travel more than an hour in any part of Northern Ireland to receive accident and emergency services. It is completely unacceptable that in a place with so poor infrastructure, the roads and the condition of the roads and the service of the buses, it's just not on that people can be expected to make that journey, that lives are put at risk - This is what's at stake here"

 Speaking just before the unveiling Martin McKeown, branch secretary of Unite’s Newry Community branch said “The campaign to defend services at Daisy Hill Hospital has secured a commitment from the Southern Trust for the continuation of A&E services at the hospital. This was a direct result of the powerful people power campaign which demonstrated our complete opposition to any threat to downgrade the service.

“Despite this success, we cannot take anything for granted. Words of assurance can easily be undermined by decisions behind the scenes. The Southern Trust must now underpin its promises with adequate resources.

The Hands off Daisy Hill Mural unveiled at the weekend Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The Hands off Daisy Hill Mural unveiled at the weekend Photograph: Columba O'Hare

“The Trust also needs to come clean with a full and open response to the serious allegations raised by Dr Duffin at the last Trust Board meeting – these cut to the heart of widespread fears that there are some who have a long-term agenda of downgrading Daisy Hill. We also need clarity on the future of the hospital’s fracture clinic.

“Unite in the community and our industrial branches are committed to maintaining pressure on the Trust and our politicians to deliver. Today we unveil a mural promoting the ‘Hands Off Daisy Hill’ message.

“This mural has been produced by local street artist Conor McGinley whose mother works as a nurse in Daisy Hill. It’s great to have such talent and commitment in the local community behind this campaign.

“In coming days Unite will be taking our message out to communities from Annalong to Warrenpoint, from Crossmaglen to Newry. We will be launching a car sticker which we are asking people to put up in their vehicles to demonstrate their support for Daisy Hill Hospital”, Mr McKeown concluded.

 

 

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