Kerry and Cork County Councilors are demanding that HSE and Health Minister Simon Harris rescue the rapid-response air ambulance of the Irish community.
Most councilors to whom the Irish examiner asked for their opinion said they believe the minister urgently needs to clarify what contingency plans exist if the ICRR service is based.
They also believe that both organizations should intervene with provisional emergency funds as soon as possible to ensure that the service is not grounded.
Concern continues to grow over the future of the Quick Response charity air ambulance of the Irish Community, despite Minister Harris telling HSE to save the service.
Although the National Ambulance Service (NAS) provides medical personnel and coordinates the tasks, the charity needs 2 million euros annually to finance helicopters, pilots, fuel and its air base.
He has raised more than € 700,000 through donations, benefactors and public fundraising campaigns, but he needs another € 400,000 to keep flying.
He had raised € 14,208 through his GoFundMe page and received € 15,648 in direct donations to the charity today at 4pm.
Kerry Mayor Niall Kelleher said: “This service is critical. This is especially the case given the time it takes for ambulances to reach parts of southwestern Ireland. I will submit a motion for direct funding from HSE on January 30 at the next meeting of the Regional Health Board. ”
Cork County Mayor Christopher O’Sullivan said that both the HSE and the Department of Health should urgently clarify what contingency plans exist. Killarney Mayor Michael Gleeson agreed.
“The Department of Health must accept responsibility for the cost of running this important service.”
Norma Moriarty, of Fianna Fáil, who serves in the Kenmare Municipal District, said that a few days after the service, when a call began, a young local father participated who was suffering a heart attack.
Marie Moloney, a former senator and now Kerry County Councilor for Labor in Killarney, said: “This service must be funded as it is an invaluable service and must be funded by the central government. We cannot have a rescue service on land. ”
Paul Hayes, of Cork County, of Sinn Féin, who has defended the ICRR air ambulance from the beginning, said: “The government must intervene urgently to protect this brilliant service.” In West Cork, I represent three rural peninsulas and this service is perfect for our needs. ”
Gillian Coughlan of Fianna Fail, Cork County Councilor for Bandon-Kinsale, said: “The public has generously contributed to start this successful service, but this funding model cannot be expected to sustain the service indefinitely.
“It is imperative that the momentum of the community that started this air ambulance is not lost and that professional service is maintained and that saves lives.”