War of words erupts between Louth politicians Tomas Sharkey and Peter Fitzpatrick

Ian Cameron

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Ian Cameron

Louth TD Tomas Sharkey told the Dundalk Democrat that Deputy Fitzpatrick needs to “get his finger out”

Louth TD Tomas Sharkey told the Dundalk Democrat that Deputy Fitzpatrick needs to “get his finger out”

“This shows how detached he is from what is going-on on the ground in our county’s hospitals.

“The HSE are running at a half a billion deficit. That is to say that Peter Fitzpatrick has voted on a budget that is now half a billion in debt.”

Cllr Sharkey said that he was shocked by the “bare faced cheek” of the former Louth manager.

“He needs to take his finger out and have a look at the budget that he has supported, before more budgets further undermine the services that are being provided.”

Cllr Sharkey took exception to comments made recently by Deputy Fitzpatrick in the relation to the performance of Minister Reilly and the HSE.

Fitzpatrick, has said new figures which show that almost 10,000 fewer people waited on hospital trolleys so far this year, compared to the same time last year, is proof that the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, is winning the war on trolley numbers.

The Democrat were unable to contact Deputy Fitzpatrick for comment on the Cllr Sharkey’s comments.