Protest takes place in Limerick over hospital overcrowding

Around 200 people are said to have gathered at the protest

INMO, trolley, patients, University Hospital Limerick, St Vincent's University Hospital

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A protest has taken place in Limerick over the current overcrowding crisis in the University Hospital of Limerick.

The protesters are calling on the Government to take action over the persistent overcrowding problem at the hospital.

A crowd of over 200 people were said to have gathered to call for solid action to increase bed capacity at the hospital.

Organiser Donal O’Brien, who is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, said that for the past ten years ordinary citizens have been wronged by this problem.


He said it was not a protest against frontline staff, but was aimed at Minister for Health Simon Harris, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and the Health Service Executive.

He continued by saying that "Action is needed," before adding "it is not enough for Minister Harris to say he is sorry."

A number of national and local politicians were also part of the protest, including Fianna Fáil TDs Willie O'Dea and Niall Collins, and Labour TD Jan O'Sullivan.