The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has paid tribute to health service staff nationwide for their ‘incredible dedication and commitment' during the current extreme weather conditions.
While the Status Red weather alert has now been lifted, people are still being urged not to drive unless absolutely necessary as roads are still trecherous and some remain impassible. Many healthcare services will continue to only operate essential health services.
Speaking about the efforts of healthcare staff over the last few days, Minister Harris acknowledged that they have gone 'to huge efforts to keep vital services open and ensure patients are looked after in very difficult conditions'.
"From across Ireland, I have heard stories today of healthcare workers walking to work, staying past their shifts, sleeping in hospitals overnight, and going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure their patients get the care they need.
"I would also like to thank our paramedics for transporting patients in very difficult conditions, Civil Defence staff for helping deliver crucial medication and the Defence Forces for transferring dialysis patients and medicines, as well as helping our dedicated health staff to get to work safely," he said.
Meanwhile, Minister Harris also appealed to the general public to continue to check in on vulnerable members of the community if it is safe to do so, to ensure that they are well and warm.