NI Ambulance Service to consider ambulance station for Crossmaglen

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Monday, January 9th, 2012

Years of lobbying by Sinn Féin is coming to fruition with the news that the NI Ambulance Service is currently discussing the feasibility of locating a deployment point at the Fire and Rescue Station in Crossmaglen.

MP Conor Murphy, who received correspondence from the Department of Health in late December said, “We have been engaged in an intensive campaign over the last number of months both in the Assembly and at a localised level to make this happen. Sinn Féin has consistently argued that the deployment point in Warrenpoint could not possibly provide adequate cover to the South Armagh area. The fact of the 35 mile distance from Warrenpoint to the furthest areas of South Armagh ensured that people living in these areas were living permanently beyond the recommended response times and this was totally unacceptable to us.”

Murphy added, “We welcome this development and look forward to working closely with the Ambulance Service and the Fire and Rescue Services to make the local Ambulance point a reality.”

Crossmaglen councillor Terry Hearty who has long campaigned on this issue added, “I am delighted that finally the Department of Health is living up to its responsibility regarding the people of South Armagh. For years we have been looking for this commitment and at times we felt as though we were being totally disregarded by this department. Many local people have contacted me on this issue over the years so it is great that we can go back to them now wish a positive response. I hope that this sub station will be up and running in the near future providing a vital service for the people of South Armagh.”

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