It's eight years since a modular extension was proposed for the Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital, but the Government has not yet approved the plan - according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers.

Due to ongoing overcrowding in the Emergency Department, hospital management applied for a modular unit, which would provide between 12 and 20 additional beds - to reduce pressure and the numbers of patients waiting on trolleys.

However, the HSE is "still considering the application", according to a response given to a parliamentary question from Deputy Chambers.

The Fianna Fail TD says it's incredible that the HSE is still considering the application eight years later....

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