A delegation of Fine Gael representatives from Donegal are to hold high-level discussions with the head of the National Ambulance Service in Dublin next month.
Donegal TD and Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh secured the meeting in Health Service Executive offices in the capital for talks on ambulance cover in Killybegs.
Fine Gael member Manus Boyle said: “This will be an important visit and a valuable opportunity to put our case forward for increasing ambulance cover in south and west Donegal.
“We have one of the busiest fishing ports in the country in Killybegs and it is fast becoming a destination for cruise ships to stop off, bringing tens of thousands more tourists to the region.
“We will be putting forward our case for increased ambulance cover to the head of the National Ambulance Service Martin Dunne and we would like to thank Minister and TD Joe McHugh for helping to secure this kind of high-level access.
“We hope this will be an important step in getting a second ambulance reinstated in the Killybegs area in order to provide additional cover during the day.”
The meeting will take place on June 20 at the National Ambulance Service headquarters in Tallaght. It will include a tour of the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) and National Ambulance Service Training College.
Mr Boyle said: “I would like to thank Joe McHugh TD for the time he has dedicated to this. He also gave us an opportunity to raise this in person with Health Minister Simon Harris who gave it a fair hearing and pledged to pursue it further.
“We look forward to the meeting with Mr McHugh and the delegation will include Carl McLeen, Cathal Connaghan and Mary Melly.”