Unite car sticker campaign sends clear message – “Hands Off Daisy Hill!”

May 22, 2017

Following the unveiling of Unite’s “Hands off Daisy Hill” mural in Newry last week, the local branch of the union has stepped up its campaign to retain all life-saving acute services at Daisy Hill Hospital with a car sticker drive to highlight the cause.

The recent eleventh hour u-turn by the Trust to retain a 24 hour Emergency Department at Daisy Hill Hospital has done little to quell the concerns of the public and the campaign to maintain emergency care round the clock and retain all life-saving acute services at the hospital continues unabated.

Car stickers have been distributed free inside several newspapers throughout the district (including this week’s The Examiner), with Unite encouraging the public to put the stickers up in their vehicles to demonstrate their support for Daisy Hill Hospital.

Unite has also spread the “Hands Off” message to rural communities which will be most affected by any stripping of services at the local hospital, with the erection of banners in key locations throughout the region.

Newry Unite Community Branch Secretary, Martin McKeown, has called on the people of Newry, south Armagh and Mourne to get behind the campaign to maintain pressure on the Trust to guarantee delivery on promises to protect all services in Daisy Hill.

“We as a community need to send a clear message to the Southern Trust- that while the threat to services at Daisy Hill remains, our commitment to stop the cuts is steadfast and unyielding,” said Mr McKeown.

“The ‘Hands off Daisy Hill’ message has been spread throughout the district with a mural, banners and thousands of car stickers.

“Over the coming weeks, Unite, will be stepping up the campaign with a number of community projects, that will Keep Daisy Hill to the fore. I ask everyone to please display a sticker and show your support. The message is loud and crystal clear ” HANDS OFF DAISY HILL!”

Car stickers are included free with this week’s edition of The Examiner and are also available to pick up from The Examiner Office in Crossmaglen.