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Not going: The Taoiseach will visit his children instead. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images
Nowhere to Hyde

Taoiseach will not attend Connacht Final

But it’s nothing to do with the planned protest against the closure of A&E services at Roscommon hospital, insists Enda Kenny.

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY will not be attending tomorrow’s Connacht Senior Football Championship final despite his beloved Mayo taking on Roscommon. A protest against the closure of the accident and emergency ward at Roscommon General Hospital is due to take place.

The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee is expected to stage a peaceful and non-disruptive protest against the closure before the match at Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon town close to the medical facility, the Irish Times reports.

The Taoiseach’s avoidance of the game is not due to safety concerns but the fact that he has a prior engagement with his children who he will visit in the Gaeltacht having not seen them for the past three weeks.

He told Galway Bay FM yesterday that it was a case of “family first and sport second,” reports the Mayo News.

The paper adds that around 25,000 people are expected to descend on Roscommon Town for the final which throws-in at 2pm.

The Taoiseach has borne the brunt of criticism for the decision to close the A&E at Roscommon hospital after it emerged that he had promised to retain such services before the election.

Read: A&E closure led to 200km round trip for elderly patient >

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