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Minister of State Kathleen Lynch TD at the Launch of the National Positve Ageing Strategy Report in April. Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch admitted to hospital

Minister Lynch was visiting Letterkenny General Hospital when she took ill earlier today.

Updated 9.55pm

MINISTER OF STATE Kathleen Lynch has been airlifted to Cork University Hospital (CUH) this evening having earlier been admitted to Letterkenny General Hospital after taking ill.

Minster of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health took ill as she visited the recently flooded Letterkenny Hospital this morning with what transpired to be septicaemia, an infection of the blood.

Labour Senator Jimmy Harte had been accompanying the Minister on the trip and said that she had finished meeting hospital management when she became unwell.

She was then checked by hospital staff who took the decision to admit her. Lynch was later transferred to CUH by helicopter. The Labour politician is a TD for Cork North Central.

She was scheduled to speak tonight at the MacGill Summer School but that engagement has been cancelled.

- additional reporting Hugh O’Connell

First published 2.33pm

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