– Advertisement – The author, Rev. Dr. Samuel E. Vansiea His Excellency, President George M. WeahRepublic of LiberiaDear Mr. President,I want to personally congratulate you on becoming president of our “Land of Glorious Liberty.” It is no doubt you love the country and it seems you have a vision to transform it for the better. Your presidency gives hope, especially to the young people, many of whom are disadvantaged in various ways. Your struggles and successes at home and abroad make you a good role model. I can identify with you to some extent. I was born in a village in Grand Bassa County and grew up in Buzzy Quarters and Capitol Hill in Monrovia. I used to play soccer bare-footed like you did growing up, but you surpassed me. I never made it to any team beyond Capitol Hill. I too have been blessed as a minister. I will keep you and your family in my prayers for good health and prosperity. I really want you to succeed. That is why I am writing this letter to you.Your inaugural speech on January 22, 2018 was great. You addressed some of the core issues the country faces. Just prior to the speech, you raised your hand before God and the people and solemnly swore to “Uphold and Defend” the constitution of the Republic of Liberia. Then within few days, on January 29th, in your annual message at the Capital you condemned the same constitution you promised to “Uphold and Defend.” You labeled it as RACIST all because of a clause that allows citizenship to people of Negro descent only. It is that early departure from the oath you took that prompted the writing of this letter. I thought you went too far, Mr. President. Here are my reasons:RACISM has everything to do with hatred and degradation of another human being primarily because of the color of his or her skin. Its aim is to dehumanize and degrade another race on the assumption that they are not real human beings. In the Americas black people were called the inferior race, hapless, and wretched creatures. It was that belief that got black people into slavery in the Americas for centuries.Apartheid South Africa was a recent example of “RACISM” in Africa. There white people thought themselves to be superior and black people inferior. A black man was not allowed to sit at the same table where a white man sat. Blacks were forced to drink from dirty fountains while white people drink from clean fountains. White people trained their children to shoot black people as targets in the streets. Black lives did not matter at all and no laws protected them—all because of their skin color. They were slaves in their own country. That is RACISM, to say the least.So, Mr. President, when did Liberian people ever come close to treating non-Negros like that? When did a Liberian man or woman refuse to shake a white man’s hand because of the color of his skin. To the contrary, don’t we respect white people more in Libera? Look around and compare where non-Negros live and where Liberian people live—who is getting the best part of the country? Aren’t we, as a nation most hospitable to foreigners than to our own? Don’t they currently enjoy the best part of our economy?In this modern world, “RACISM” is a curse that undermines any civil institution. Therefore, by labeling the constitution RACIST you undermined the very principle for which the nation was established. Here’s why:The Necessity of the Negro-Only clauseThe “Negro-only” clause was placed in the constitution not primarily to serve a political or economic function; neither was it meant to show that Negros are superior and other people are inferior. The clause was meant to be a monument that speaks to the root of Negro history that brought Liberia into existence. Prior to 1847, Negro men and women were violently removed from Africa to serve as beasts of burden in the fields and plantations of white people in the Americas. With the help of certain white philanthropists some Negros got freed but were denied opportunity for growth and success in the Americas. A statement attributed to Lott Carey makes the point:“We are Africans, and in the United States, however meritorious our conduct, or respectable our character, we cannot receive the credit due to either. Therefore, we wish to dwell in a country where we shall be estimated by our merit, and not by our complexion.”Therefore, the American Colonization Society was formed to take free black people away from America back to Africa.The detractors argued that Negros are inferior humans and are not capable of providing good governance to manage a wholesome and thriving society. Some non-Negros still hold that view today. They predicted that a Negro nation (Liberia) will eventually fail and bow to non-Negros. Since that time the detractors continue to do everything to undermine the prosperity of the republic.Those who supported the repatriation to Africa argued that the Negros will prove to the world that they can provide good governance and will create a wholesome and functioning society. Therefore, while the rest of Africa struggled under the yoke of colonialism, Liberia was founded as an experiment to showcase that the Negro can create and maintain a nation. Our forebears and framers of the constitution prayed for their goal to be realized and for the nation to succeed. They spent not only their sweat, but their blood on that belief.Therefore the “Negro only” clause was placed in the constitution as a philosophy of faith, hope and belief in the resilience of black people. It was a strategy to protect that belief and the people. It was that dream that inspired our founders to fight for the freedom and independence of other African nations.Therefore, when we repeal that clause under the guise of attracting non-Negros to help develop and strengthen our nation, we would have proven the detractions right. We will send the message that we have failed to manage the affairs of the state (Your administration will be saying to the watching world that you are not able to withstand the tests of time, to walk where your predecessors walked, and to protect the integrity of Negro history). We will affirm to our own shame that the Negro race does not have the know-how to manage a functioning society. Our ancestors will scream in their graves with shame and regrets that their struggles were in vain. Their souls would cry out, “It would have been better if we had remained in slavery,” all because the Negro republic has failed.Joseph Jenkins Roberts, our first president, in his first inaugural address in 1847 reflected on that very subject and said if the state should thus fail, then “We should return to slavery, hug our chains, and become by-word and reproach among nations” because every belief and faith in the Negro race to lead a prosperous society would have been destroyed. All of that make the “Negro-only” clause to be necessary now as it was then.Liberia Is A Unique CaseThe American Colonization Society in its annual board meeting in January 1889 observed that Liberia “stands in interesting contrast to every other agency of Africa’s upbuilding.”Most Black African countries that have non-Negro citizens were once colonial properties. We were not. The citizenship of white people in those countries represents the shadows of their once white colonial masters. Our founders had white masters as well, but not in Liberia. Though we, like other nations, rely on international partnership for growth and development, we should not do so at the expense of our historical and constitutional integrity.You Are Not the First President to Attack the ConstitutionArthur Barclay, 15th president of LiberiaYou are not the first president to attack those ideals in the constitution. In 1904 President Arthur Barclay who originated from the West Indies was pressed with economic issues and desired to seek aids from Great Britain. He condemned the “Negro-Only” philosophy as “Selfish” and argued that the inclusion of non-Negros into government will strengthen the independence and development of Liberia.In 1907, the president pushed to alter the constitution to allow non-Negros to serve in his government. The legislature approved his suggestions in 1908 and the Liberian Frontier Force was created (that evolved as Armed Forces of Liberia). The president was set to implement his reform. He appointed an English man, Major R. Mackay Cadell as the first commander of the Frontier Force. Major Cadell was assisted by British officers and Sierra Leoneans. The president went further and put Liberia’s custom services under the directorship of British officers. The British Consul accredited to Liberia at that time was Braithwaite Wallis.Charles Braithwaite Wallis (right), British Consul-General to Liberia, 1909(Photo: Forbes, Edgar Allen, 1910)By 1909 Cadell and Wallis had engineered a clandestine operation that brought Liberia very close to losing her independence and sovereignty to become a British Colony. Thank goodness for French and American operations in Liberia at the time that saved the day. Gordon Haliburton, quoting another writer, Mr. R. L. Buell (from American sources) said this about Major Cadell:“That a munity of the Frontier Force took place on 1 February 1909, following the arrival of a British gunboat on 31 January. . . He plainly intimates that this mutiny was intended to overthrow the Liberian Government and lead to the proclamation of a British Protectorate.”The incident was referred to as the “Cadell Incident” in Liberian history. There is no evidence the British government authorized or endorsed the action of the two British officers.A highly respected African intellectual, Edward Wilmot Blyden (Aug. 3, 1832–Feb. 7, 1912) was the father of Pan-Africanism. (Courtesy: Atlantablackstar.com)President Barclay was embarrassed by the crisis and blamed it on Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden and the Kru and Grebo people because they presented the strongest opposition against his policies. Notwithstanding, the president quietly ordered all British and non-Negros to withdraw from the Liberian government and leave the country. His orders were carried out.President William V. S. Tubman came close to, though not exactly, a similar fate. His unfavorable land sale and business deals with the American con businessman Landsdell K. Christie drew sharp resentment from within and without his government. The president was accused of “selling the country” to foreigners. He fought back and condemned the “Negro-only” policy as a “narrow and selfish and strangulating policy.” But eventually he succumbed and renegotiated his contract with Christie. In 1955 the president cleverly campaigned on his “Open Door Policy” that would attract foreign businesses without infringing on the constitution.American businessman Lansdell K. Christie of the Liberia Mining Company (Bomi Hills), reads out his speech at the dedication of the Antoinette Tubman Railroad Bridge (Photo: Leon M. Jordan, 1952)You Can Make ItIf non-Negros in and outside Liberia argue that they will not support your development initiatives unless you make them citizens, then they are selfish and have ulterior motives. They are taking your goodwill for granted and leading you to failure. People can invest in countries where they are not citizens. The solution to our problems is good governance, empowerment of citizens, etc. The Liberian people have faith in you and voted for you, believing you can accomplish those tasks. You can make it Mr. President. There is no need to deconstruct the constitution and destroy its historical significance.Your Legacy?We already have more complications that will take time to resolve, thus we cannot afford to add another one to it. Already in our own country we are poorer and they (non-Negros) are richer. We have lots of unresolved land cases. What will happen when wealthy non-Negros become citizens, purchase land, and maneuver their way into government? When that happens, our people will become poorer and homeless which will spark another major crisis down that road. Mr. President, you do not want that to be your legacy.Respectfully yours,Rev. Dr. Samuel E. VansieaDr. Samuel E. Vansiea has been a minister for over 30 years. He graduated from the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary, CWA Junior College, Mano River Union Telecommunications Institute in Sierra Leone, and St. Patrick’s High School in Monrovia. He earned his graduate and post graduate degrees from Central Baptist Theological Seminary and Bethel University in Minnesota USA. He was Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church on Tubman Boulevard, Monrovia. He is currently Senior Pastor of Joy World Universal Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He is married and has four children. Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
They are challenging fashion designers and artists to create fashion and art out of discarded movie film. 75 per cent of each design must be movie film, while the other 25 per cent can be any other material. The results will be presented at “Oscar Night on the Big Scene” on March 4, 2012 at On The Rocks Nightclub. Over $1000 in prizes will awarded by a panel of judges in front of a public audience. To enter the competition, register online at www.stagenorth.ca or at the North Peace Cultural Centre box office. Each entry costs $25 and the artist will be supplied with an endless supply of film. The deadline to register is February 6, 2012 and all entries must be delivered or mailed in by February 29.- Advertisement – For more information email email@example.com or call 250-785-6214.
She has a campaign war chest of $14,135, including $5,273 in contributions and $8,862 from a personal loan. The entire amount has been spent on campaign mail and other materials Phil Berlin, 63, Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport commissioner from 1995-2001, attorney. Berlin, like his wife, Carolyn, also has been a fixture in local activism for decades, taking on development and airport issues. He opposes what he has called the “Los Angeles-ation” of Burbank, saying the current council majority appears to give developers priority over neighborhood residents He has a campaign war chest of $19,396, including $5,396 in contributions and $14,000 in loans. At least $13,593 has been spent. Margaret Sorthun, 71, did not return calls requesting an interview. At a recent candidate forum, she expressed opposition to increased traffic congestion and growth in the city. Sorthun served on a committee reviewing the city’s fencing ordinance, and she favored limiting construction of multiunit residential housing to preserve single-family home neighborhoods. Sorthun also proposed creating neighborhood committees to solve parking and other local problems. She filed a short form, declaring her campaign expenditures were less than $1,000. Vahe Hovanessian, 32, Burbank Water and Power board chairman, attorney. Hovanessian has been a perennial candidate for the City Council since 2002. His issues include better zoning and planning review, competitive salaries to retain and hire quality municipal staff and to address traffic. His campaign finance disclosure declared only a $520 loan to himself, of which he spent $495. Whit Prouty, 42, real estate agent, member of the finance committee for the Burbank YMCA. Prouty has been involved in local trade and civic groups, and his concerns include protecting low-density neighborhoods and ensuring adequate, qualified staffing in city departments for steady services. While in favor of holding back development in single-family home neighborhoods, Prouty said there are places in the city where growth is possible, including along south San Fernando Road and pockets southeast of downtown. His campaign war chest tallied $14,671, including $11,921 in contributions and a $2,500 loan. He has spent $11,824. Gary Bric, 54, city Traffic and Transportation Committee member, restaurant owner. Bric has been running for a council seat since 2002, and he has been a regular voice in community issues for the past decade. He touted himself as an independent thinker. Bric said he wants to protect the quality of life for residents in the face of development. He said his vision is to plan properly for any future development, which is necessary in any community. Bric reported total contributions of $15,910 as of Feb.10, including $10,795 from donations and $4,827 in loans. He has spent $14,441. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Berlin, who served on the city’s planning review panel for nine years until 2003, has been a fixture in civic activism for at least two decades, tackling issues including land use and Bob Hope Airport expansion. She thinks members of the current council have grown lax in reviewing development and managing traffic, putting the city’s unique quality of life at risk. Her reported campaign war chest totaled $19,635, including $5,635 in contributions and $14,000 in personal loans. At least $13,215 has been spent on campaign materials. Anja Reinke, 46, city Police Commission member, family law attorney and real estate agent. Reinke has been a member of the civilian oversight panel for the Burbank Police Department since 2004. She has the endorsement of several current council members, including Mayor Todd Campbell, and she said she values collaboration and discussion over confrontation in resolving local issues. BURBANK – The seven candidates vying for two seats in the city’s electoral primary Feb.27 include veteran activists from local development battles, business owners and civic volunteers. The top four vote-getters from this round of mail-only balloting will advance to the April10 general election. Below are thumbnail sketches of the council hopefuls, arranged by ballot order, along with campaign finance statements as of Feb.10. Carolyn Berlin, 60, former city Planning Board member and community activist.
Jim Furyk backed off a 7-foot birdie putt three times and still went wide left, losing on the 19th hole to Chad Campbell. Vijay Singh celebrated his 44th birthday with birdies on his last two holes to extend his match, then missed a 6-foot birdie on the 19th hole and lost to Stephen Ames. Woods had an easy time against Tim Clark. And suddenly, his path to an eighth straight PGA Tour victory looks a whole lot easier. “I played better than I did yesterday, which is great,” Woods said after making birdie on half his holes in a 5-and-4 victory. “Do a little bit of practice this afternoon and solidify some things, and tomorrow, hopefully I can play even better.” But Woods, a two-time winner of this fickle event, knows not to look too far ahead. Next up is Nick O’Hern, a short but straight-hitting Australian who beat Woods in the second round two years ago at La Costa. Still in Woods’ side of the bracket is Henrik Stenson, who won in Dubai earlier this month when Woods finished two shots behind. Another winner was Trevor Immelman, the last player to win a PGA Tour event that Woods played – the Western Open last July. And as well as Woods has played for two rounds – he is one of five players who has never trailed this week – there’s always tomorrow. One by one, the biggest names headed for the airport Thursday until Tiger Woods was the only player among the top eight seeds remaining at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. Phil Mickelson had designs on a comeback until Justin Rose scrambled backward out of the desert and made a 30-foot par putt to halve the 15th hole, leaving Lefty looking like a batter frozen by a 3-2 curve that dropped over the plate. “I’ve never played a match play event where all six rounds I’ve played great golf,” he said. “You’re going to have one or two rounds where you’re not going to play well. You’ve just got to get through those matches. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t.” LPGA Tour Angela Park shot a 6-under 66 in windy conditions for a share of the first-round lead with Stacy Prammanasudh in the Fields Open in Hawaii. PGA Tour Fred Funk shot an 8-under 62 to take a two-stroke lead in the Mayakoba Golf Classic, the first PGA Tour event in Mexico. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Will Hoskins in action for Brighton Oxford United have snapped up striker Will Hoskins.The 28-year-old has been on the lookout for a new club since June when he left Brighton as a free agent and has now penned a one-year deal – with a second year option – at the Kassam Stadium.Hoskins scored just twice in 21 appearances for the Seagulls – but the second of those came on January 5th when he helped them beat Newcastle 2-0 in the FA Cup.Oxford becomes the eighth club in Hoskins’ career, with his most prolific spell coming at Bristol Rovers when he scored 17 league goals in the 2010/11 season.
The Lucky 13 hit the jackpot last Wednesday 17 September 2014 when they bought their Lotto ticket in Cullen’s Cockhill Limited, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, and matched the six numbers in that evening’s draw to scoop the massive jackpot prize.Pictured are Syndicate members receiving their cheque from Dermot Griffin, Director, National Lottery.They may not have got their hands on the Sam Maguire at Croker yesterday, but a group of lucky Donegal work colleagues picked up a cheque for a massive €4,871,046 at National Lottery offices this afternoon.The Lucky 13 hit the jackpot last Wednesday 17 September 2014 when they bought their Lotto ticket in Cullen’s Cockhill Limited in Buncrana and matched the six numbers in that evening’s draw to scoop the massive jackpot prize.The winners are aged from 20-40 years old and work in the insurance services team at Forward Emphasis, a customer services centre based in Malin Head. They’ve played Lotto together every week for the last year and the biggest prize they’ve won previous was €150.One of the lucky group, Maria Doherty from Clonmany, only joined the company last week and this was the first Lotto draw she entered with the syndicate.The Lucky 13 hit the jackpot last Wednesday 17 September 2014 when they bought their Lotto ticket in Cullen’s Cockhill Limited, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, and matched the six numbers in that evening’s draw to scoop the massive jackpot prize.Today 22nd September 2014 Lotto Syndicate winners Maria Doherty – Clonmany who joined the company lest than a week breaks open the Champagne with syndicate members Linda McKinley – Greencastle; Marian McCauley – Gleneely; James Bradley – Buncrana; Liam Bradley – Derry; Anna McKinney – Derry; Anne Marie Jordan – Malin; Amanda McFadden – Buncrana but originally from Cavan; Marie McLaughlin – Clonmany; Patricia Quigley – Carndonagh; Helen Doherty – Malin Head; Claire McElhinney – Fahan; Kelly McMonagle – Moville.The colleagues will share the jackpot equally, each taking home €374,695.84. Plans for spending the winnings include paying off mortgages, purchasing new cars, holidays and shopping.It is the fourth time a Lotto jackpot winning ticket has been sold in Buncrana. Since Lotto began in 1988, over €73.5 million has been paid out to 51 lucky Co. Donegal winners. The last time the Lotto jackpot was won in Co. Donegal, it was the biggest win for the County. In June 2014, the winning ticket of €12.1 million, which was purchased in American House, Main St. Bundoran, was won by a local couple.National Lottery good causes benefit from the sale of all National Lottery games, with one third of all sales (approx) going to fund Beneficiary projects around the country, as designated by Government.To date the National Lottery has raised over €4.4 billion for good causes. This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Health, Welfare, Arts, Culture, National Heritage and the Irish Language.DONEGAL’S ‘LUCKY 13’ COLLECT THEIR MASSIVE LOTTO CHEQUE! was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalForward Emphasislucky 13Malin Headnational lottery
A Buncrana man was said to have been ‘hopelessly drunk’ when he clenched a fist to Gardaí and said he wasn’t leaving the scene of a public order incident.Andrew Graham (23) of Drumfries, Buncrana, was charged with disorderly conduct in a public place on April 16, 2017 at St Mary’s Road, Buncrana. At 2.15am on the date in question, Garda McHugh became aware of a person being ejected from a premises by security staff. Graham ‘aggressively approached’ a group of males, who were not from the area.Inspector David Murphy said Graham was directed to leave a number of times and warned of the penalties.“He clenched his fist and told Gardai that he wasn’t leaving,” Inspector Murphy said.A fixed charge penalty notice was issued, but not paid by the defendant, a construction worker.“He has no insight into what he did,” defending solicitor, Mr Frank Dorrian, said. “He doesn’t blame anyone else.“He is an otherwise excellent character and he was hopelessly drunk.”Graham was ordered to pay €300 to the local St Vincent de Paul branch.Buncrana man was ‘hopelessly drunk’ as he clenched fist to Gardaí was last modified: March 9th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Andrew GrahambuncranaBuncrana District CourtJudge Gerard Jones
LETTERKENNY BLAZE KICK OFF THEIR SEASONLetterkenny Blaze U14 Girls v Sligo Warriors The Letterkenny Blaze U14 Girls have come through their first game ofthe season with a comprehensive victory over Sligo Warriors.Playing on their home court in The Loreto Secondary School, theLetterkenny girls settled early and managed to get the important earlyscores on the board. Hard work on defence by the home team and strongpressure on the ball meant that Sligo found it hard to create clearscoring opportunities. Letterkenny’s defence was successful increating turnovers leading to quick transition and easy lay-up scores.This was a good team performance with every one of the players makingsignificant contributions at both ends of the court.Letterkenny Blaze U16 Boys v Blackwater Steelers The Blaze men kicked of their season with an away trip to Monaghan toface a physical Steelers side. The lads were confident heading intothis game following a good build up in training. However, they weremissing two of their taller players and this showed with Steelersscoring a lot of baskets of rebounds and second shots. Blaze battledhard with the fast break being led by PJ Mc Brearty and backed up byDarragh Scott and Sean Ryan.Going into the second half Blaze tightened up their defence with hardwork from Oisin Née , James Kelly and Ronan Daly and Blackwater foundit harder to score but the damage was done. With the clock runningdown both teams emptied their benches. It was by no means the idealstart for the Blaze under 16’s but with a long season ahead and plentyof games to come, there is time for improvement.Other results were U14 girls and U18 girls with wins against SligoWarriors and losses by our U14/16 boys and U18 girls to BlackwaterSteelers.Next fixtures up are U14 boys/girls, U16 boys/girls and U18 girls play5 games away against Ballyshannon Basketball Club next Sundaycommencing 10.30am in Coláiste Cholm.BASKETBALL: LETTERKENNY BLAZE U14 GIRLS EARN BRILLIANT WIN OVER SLIGO WARRIORS was last modified: October 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:basketballSport
Deputy Joe McHugh’s office was the target of protesters in Letterkenny this morning.People campaigning against cuts for Special Needs Assistants placed a number of posters on the shutters of the Fine Gael TD’s office at Lower Main Street before it opened. One of the posters read ‘SOS – The Greedy and the Government – Always Attacking the Vulnerable.’Others showed pictures of young children with autism and demanded the Government to cut their expenses. JOE McHUGH’S OFFICE TARGETED BY SNA CAMPAIGNERS was last modified: June 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deputy joe mchughFine GaelofficeSNAs
THE staffing crisis at Letterkenny General Hospital is over – for now.The HSE says ambulances are now starting to take patients back to our local hospital after a day when some were transferred to Sligo due to a lack of staff.The HSE said: “For a period of 7.5 hours yesterday (Monday 04 August from 13.00 to 20.30), the ambulance service was asked to bypass Letterkenny General Hospital and bring medically stable patients to Sligo Regional Hospital. Medically unstable patients, walk-in patients, paediatric and orthopaedic patients were not affected and these patients were all seen at Letterkenny General Hospital. “Local GPs were also asked to refer medically stable patients to Sligo Regional Hospital from 09.00 August 4 to 09.00 August 5.“The hospital had to take this step in the interests of patient safety as it was not possible to have the required level of NCHDs in the hospital to cover the day shift yesterday, Monday August 4.“We regret any inconvenience caused to patients and their families. Normal service has been restored.”The statement added: “Members of the public are reminded to keep the Emergency Department for emergencies and to contact their GP or GP Out of Hours services in the first instance. “We would like to thank the public and our GPs, the ambulance service and our colleagues in Sligo Regional hospital for their cooperation.” CRISIS AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL OVER – FOR NOW was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crisisCriticismhospitalHSEStaff