Cllr. Dempsey supporting the stance of former Dáil colleague
CLLR. TONY DEMPSEY has said he is backing John Browne's stand against Fianna Fáil over the future of acute psychiatric services in Wexford.
'I was a TD when this matter was discussed and I was there when those promises were made,' said Cllr. Dempsey.
Deputy Browne maintains that former junior health minister Tim O'Malley 'promised' in 2007 that an acute psychiatric unit would be provided in Wexford General Hospital.
It's understood that Deputy Browne had initially opposed the closure of St Senan's in Enniscorthy, but reluctantly accepted the move on the basis that the new unit would be provided at the hospital in Wexford town.
' There's no two ways about it, the promise was made and should be kept,' said Cllr. Dempsey.
He would not comment on whether he felt Deputy Browne will follow through on his threat not to run for Fianna Fáil in the upcoming general election if An Taoiseach Brian Cowen does not meet his demands, only saying that 'I think he (Browne) would feel very, very strongly about it'.
Party sources have indicated that if Fianna Fáil are to have any hope of retaining their two seats the Enniscorthy TD has to be on the ticket with Minister of State Seán Connick.