Unholy row over general hospital removing saint from ward names
A MOTION calling for the the title saint (St) to be reinstated in all ward names at Wexford General Hospital was passed at the meeting.
Fianna Fáil Cllr John Fleming called on the HSE in his motion to reinstate the 'proper title' of saint on all ward names and signage in Wexford General Hospital.
He said this was to reflect our heritage, tradition and our history.
'I visit Wexford General Hospital regularly and in my opinion it is totally wrong. A patient on a trolley doesn't care about what name is on a sign over a door.'
He said in future hospital management should consult with people if they plan to make significant changes.
Chairman Cllr Paddy Kavanagh agreed, saying we should never be in this situation.
'It's ridiculous. It should not have happened,' he said, adding that he understands the changing of the signage cost the HSE around €35,000.
Cllr Tony Dempsey said: 'The HSE has a lot more to worry about.'
Cllr Deirdre Wadding said she agreed that it was a case of a waste of money, but did not go along with the argument that the move went against Irish heritage and tradition.
'Our history didn't start with the arrival of St Patrick or whoever came before him,' she said, voicing her opposition to the motion.
'I think we should look at the separation of church and state,' she added.
Cllr Fleming's motion was supported.