Senator Terry Leyden: Members opposite will recall that a Deputy left the Fine Gael Party last year over the closure of accident and emergency services at Roscommon County Hospital, as did two of the party’s councillors. I am appealing to the Taoiseach to ensure this matter is resolved before the referendum takes place. The accident and emergency unit at Roscommon County Hospital should be reopened, in accordance with the undertaking given
An Cathaoirleach: That is not relevant to the Order of Business.
Senator Fidelma Healy Eames: What does it have to do with the referendum?
Senator Terry Leyden: I will tell the Cathaoirleach why it is relevant.
An Cathaoirleach: The Senator is over time.
Senator Terry Leyden: I would like to have a debate on Roscommon County Hospital, given the original undertaking given by the Taoiseach that he would not allow the accident and emergency unit to close. I am trying to help the Government in this regard, as it will require every vote it can get in the upcoming referendum.
An Cathaoirleach: The Senator is way over time. I call Jimmy Senator Harte.
Senator Terry Leyden: I predict that the people of Roscommon will be reluctant to support the proposal unless the accident and emergency unit is reopened.