Up to 8,000 people attended Saturday’s Save Daisy Hill Stroke Services protest rally in Newry on Saturday firstly listening to speakers Eddie Curtis, Chief Executive, Newry and Mourne District Council and then Cllr Daire Hughes, Mayor, Newry and Mourne before walking to Daisy Hill Hospital where the Mayor delivered a petition to Daisy Hill hospital staff.

The rally flows down Monaghan Street. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The rally flows down Monaghan Street. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

People from all walks of life participated in the march including many stroke survivors themselves. For some it was an easy walk but for others it was perhaps not as easy but all were determined to show the Southern Trust and Stormont that they want Daisy Hill left alone.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust have made a decision to close the Daisy Hill Stroke unit and provide services at Craigavon Hospital and Saturday’s protest sent out a clear message that Newry people insist services should be retained at Daisy Hill and indeed more investment made at the hospital .

Meanwhile Health Minister Jim Wells has said the decision will stand.

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