O'KEEFFE EXPRESSES CONCERN AT FERMOY HOSPITAL CONTRACT
Fianna Fail Deputy Ned O’Keeffe this week criticised the HSE for awarding the contract for the building of a long awaited extension to Fermoy hospital to a Dublin-based contractor.
“I would like to express my concern at the policy of not giving such contracts to local businesses”, Deputy O’Keeffe told The Avondhu. “I know that local contractors made an effort for the tender and yet they have been by-passed in favour of a Dublin based company.”
“When local contractors are already struggling due to the slowdown in the construction industry, I think it is an appalling policy to award it to someone from outside the local area, especially when the hospital in question is community based”.
Deputy O’Keeffe, adding that he was doubtful that anyone from Fermoy would be employed as a result of the contract going to a Dublin based company, was happy, however, that the project was finally moving towards construction.
“I am delighted my hard work has paid off. I have asked for this extension for eleven years. Brian Cowen, Micheal Martin and Mary Harney have all heard this request from me in their time as Health Minister. I am glad it is finally coming to fruition”, he concluded.
At the time of going to press there was no comment from the HSE.
Thursday 31st July 7:10pm