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McGrath's support for government is 'conditional'

Former Fianna Fáil chief whip says that his support for the government hinges on the retention of acute services at South Tipperary General Hospital.

MATTIE MCGRATH HAS said that his support for the government is conditional on the reconfiguration of hospital services in Tipperary.

McGrath, who lost the Fianna Fáil chief whip after he voted against the stag hunting bill, has said that he will not support the government if acute services at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel are not retained.

The TD for South Tipperary told RTE News and the Sunday Business Post that he had informed the Government Chief Whip that the hospital was a key issue for him. McGrath says that the discussions surrounding reconfiguration of hospital services in the South-East were going on behind closed doors without any local political input.

His declaration of conditional support comes after Independent TD Noel Grealish withdrew his support for the government over similar cuts to health services in the west on Friday.

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