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Adams expresses concern at cladding at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

Adams expresses concern at cladding at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

Local Gerry Adams has written to the Minister for Health Simon Harris following media reports that specialist cladding inspectors have been brought in to investigate Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

The Lourdes and four other hospitals are being examined for fire safety following the Grenfell fire in London last summer.

It is believing cladding on the hospital, which services the North East region, is similar to that in Grenfell and the Sinn Féin deputy has expressed concern over this.

Adams said: “People were horrified by the disastrous fire in June 2017 in London which killed 71 people. The fire was linked to cladding used on the outside of the block of flats.

“The news that the HSE has confirmed that Our Lady of Lourdes is one of five hospitals in the “highest risk” category is a matter of great public concern.

“I welcome the fact that the HSE has now decided to initiate this investigation, following an evaluation process, but I am concerned that this is only taking place now over a year after the Grenfell fire occurred.

“I have written to the Minister asking for detail about the on-site inspections that have taken place; what remedial action, if any, has been taken in respect of hospitals in Louth; and when he expects to complete the investigation into Our Lady of Lourdes and the four other hospitals.”

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