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Naval Service Plans for Newbuild With Full Hospital Endorsed by Taoiseach

19th October 2016
A flyover by the Air Corps at the commissioning of LÉ William Butler Yeats in Galway where on Monday An Taoiseach endorsed plans for another newbuild but equipped with full medical facilties  A flyover by the Air Corps at the commissioning of LÉ William Butler Yeats in Galway where on Monday An Taoiseach endorsed plans for another newbuild but equipped with full medical facilties Photo: Photograph: Andy Newman

#HospitalShip - The Naval Service have plans for a newbuild which would be equipped to provide full medical facilities at sea have been endorsed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The Irish Times writes that a White Paper on Defence promises a multi-purpose vessel equipped with a fully functioning hospital, Mr Kenny said in Galway docks on Monday.

This would allow medical personnel to serve in “war and conflict situations”, Mr Kenny said. He was speaking at the commissioning of the Naval Service’s latest new patrol ship, LÉ William Butler Yeats.

Mr Kenny said it was “his wish” that such a multi-purpose ship – still at pre-design stage – would be built to serve in humanitarian crises. It was in “keeping with our rich tradition of charity and volunteering”, he said.

For more on search and rescues in the Mediterranean and the ceremony for the newbuild held at Galway Port, click here

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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