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Mount Carmel workers ‘staging sit-in’ over hospital closure

Staff and supporters of the hospital attended a public meeting last night.

Staff believed to be staging a sit-in at the hospital.
Staff believed to be staging a sit-in at the hospital.

FOLLOWING A PUBLIC meeting last night, workers at Mount Carmel Private Hospital threatened to stage a sit-in at the hospital campus.

Now it appears that 10 members of staff are staging that sit-in, and are calling for others to join a protest march taking place tomorrow.

A photograph was posted of eight women on the Save Mount Carmel Hospital Dublin 14 Facebook page this evening with the caption:

10 of our Staff are currently doing a sit in to protest against the closure of the fantastic Mount Carmel Hospital. There is a protest march outside the hospital at 2pm tomorrow to support you.

Earlier today SIPTU officials said the sit-in had not been organised by the union.

Last night’s meeting was attended by approximately 60 members of staff and supporters.


SIPTU said they are still pursuing the Department of Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise to ensure that workers get the redundancy and pensions they are entitled to.

A SIPTU official told that they also wanted to ensure that workers got all the extra payments, such as holiday pay they are due also.

He said that social protection officers were on site at the hospital and the union said they wanted state benefits such as job seekers benefit to be sorted out for workers as soon as possible, adding that there should be no delay.

- Additional reporting Aoife Barry. First published 9am

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