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

Fire services battle mountain fires in Gougane Barra

Over 13% of parents admit to 'insurance fronting' in new survey

Latest: Citizens Assembly makes historic call to legisltate for abortion 'without restriction as to reasons'

Illegal fires across north Kerry and west Cork destroy forestry and nesting areas


Today's Stories

The end of cash: The cost of a cashless society

The end of cash: It’s a Bit harder to trace online currency, but not impossible

The end of cash: Tapping for money becomes commonplace for consumers

State solicitor warns that gang warfare could easily restart in Limerick City

Lifestyle

What to watch this week

Valberg is a hidden gem with skiing for all the family

Restaurant review: Cirillo’s, 140 Baggot Street, Dublin 2

Take a stroll through Ireland's heritage gardens

More From The Irish Examiner