There was a large turnout to a public meeting held in the Community Centre in Lahardane last night to discuss the need to secure a doctor’s dispensary in the village, to ensure that local people will continue to have access to a local GP.

The meeting was organised by the newly formed campaign group Ireland’s Future

Local man Gerry Loftus is a member of Ireland’s Future and he told Midwest News today that  an estimated 400 people were in attendance.

Lahardane had a doctor’s surgery and a full time GP for many years, but the GP retired last year, the doctor’s surgery is now in private ownership, and while a locum doctor has been providing limited cover on a temporary basis, the community does not feel it is adequate in terms of local demand.

The group has decided to look at various options in terms of securing a doctor's surgery in the village.

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