The IMO has expressed its “full support to all our international colleagues across the emergency and health services” following the violence in Dublin yesterday (Thursday 23 November).
In a statement the Organisation said that its “thoughts are with the children and families affected by the attack at the school in Dublin city yesterday” and “in particular the young child and carer who are being treated in hospital”.
“We condemn the violence that occurred in Dublin city centre last night and wish to offer our full support to all our international colleagues across the emergency and health services who continue to deliver much-needed care and support in our communities around the country.”
Meanwhile HSE CEO, Mr Bernard Gloster said there were “difficulties” yesterday in Dublin city for ambulance services and staff leaving and coming to work .
A “small number” of patient diversions to other hospitals from city centre hospitals were necessary.
Mr Gloster said the National Ambulance Service (NAS) called in five extra crews to support responses and demand “on our colleagues in Dublin Fire Brigade’s ambulance service”.
The CEO said “I want to thank all of our staff for the work they did in very difficult circumstances. Very many are used to working to serve our patients in very difficult circumstances however street violence adds significantly to the challenge on a number of fronts.”
Community Healthcare Dublin North City and County are participating in the support systems available to the school community “affected by the horrendous events of yesterday afternoon. Our thoughts are with the families and community affected and we will support them in the coming days and weeks.”