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Danny Healy-Rae denies asking hospital to allow patient to jump queue for treatment

A Kerry TD says he did not ask University Hospital Kerry to prioritise a constituent.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae admits calling the hospital's Emergency Department earlier this month during the ongoing trolley crisis.

However, he claims the call was made to represent a constituent and source information and it is something he has done on numerous occasions.

However, the Independent TD adds he never asked staff to fast-track a constituent.

He said: "At no point did I ask that anyone be allowed to jump the queue, whether it was a trolley or whether it was a bed.

"And if it was pointed out to me that there are so many on trollies, that's the information that I needed to know.

"The next information I needed to know was that, if the person went in there and they went on a trolley, would they get seen after? And in many instances, I was told they most certainly will."