Donal's father calls for National Children's Hospital to be fast-tracked

The father of the late inspirational teenager Donal Walsh, who campaigned against youth suicide while battling cancer, has called for the National Children's Hospital to be fast-tracked.

The hospital is to be constructed on the grounds of St James' Hospital in Dublin, but is not expected to be built for another six years.

5,000 people attended Donal Walsh's funeral in his native Kerry just over two weeks ago.

Speaking publicly for the first time since Donal's funeral, his father Fionbarr said that both Donal and the family had to endure shocking conditions in Crumlin Children's Hospital where Donal received chemotherapy.

"I'm 6'1 and most of the camp beds are 5'6 so you're sleeping on that beside your child who is sick getting chemotherapy who is sharing the room with another child," he said.

"You have four people in a room with two sinks and that is the facility and one wardrobe between the four of us."


Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Gardaí probe Limerick shooting reports

Young man seriously hurt in north Dublin crash

Man raids petrol station with gun, crashes two getaway cars

Garda water unit searching Youghal port in Tina Satchwell disappearance probe


Today's Stories

Second weapon recovered in Dublin shooting

Field of roses narrows as festival in full bloom

Michael Twomey had ‘war chest of wisdom’

‘Husband forced woman to have abortion’

Lifestyle

Classical Review: Ensemble Marsyas

Album Review: Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins

In Vogue: Changing of the guard at iconic fashion magazine

Lidl and Heidi Klum - has the High Street reached peak collaboration?

More From The Irish Examiner