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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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‘An animal can be treated quicker in Ireland today than a person’

An independent TD has argued that “healthcare is available quicker to animals than people” in Ireland.

During a Dáil debate on a motion on measures to increase capacity in the health service, Independent TD, Kerry-based Michael Healy-Rae, claimed that “an animal can be treated quicker in Ireland today than a person”.

He commented: “I have said before that if a cow goes down tonight and that cow needs a vet, it would be absolutely outrageous to think the vet would not be there in one, two hours or three hours. It would be outrageous.”

“The cruelty-to-animal people would be down on top of you. Everybody would say you were a scandal to have a cow in pain or have something wrong with her or have her needing an operation.”

“But there is no notice in the world for a person in A&E 24 hours or two or three days. How are we gone so wrong?” he added.


During his address to the house, he added that gaining access to a local GP is “the problem” in many parts of the country at present.

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On foot on his, he believes that efforts are needed to “make it attractive” for GPs to reside in rural communities as was the case previously and provide a local service on a 24-hour basis.

He acknowledged the efforts of medical practices that offer services 24 hours per day, seven days a week to people.

The deputy described it as “unfortunate” that it is “not attractive” anymore, from a business perspective, for a person to operate out of a facility, have insurance and provide that service locally.

He concluded by saying: “We have to do more to make it attractive. If we can do that, we may be able to keep people away from hospitals and keep A&E departments free for what they are supposed to be free for, that is, accidents and emergencies.”

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