General Election candidate Seamus Healy got the campaign in South Tipperary off to a bad start by politicising the community's efforts to protect South Tipperary General Hospital, according to fellow candidate Senator Phil Prendergast.
"Seamus Healy has got the election campaign off to a vulgar start by trying to claim special credit for the Save Our Hospital Campaign," Sen. Prendergast said in a statement this week.
"His recent newspapers adverts claiming to have spearheaded the campaign to save our hospital is another crude pitch for votes. The Save Our Hospital Committee is a community effort involving politicians from several parties and – far more importantly – concerned volunteers.
"He said so himself when he met Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore at a meeting I arranged in Dublin for the committee a few months ago," said the Clonmel based senator.
"The campaign to save our hospital has been spearheaded by the 15,000 people who marched in Clonmel last year and the 70,000 who signed a petition given to the Minister for Health.
"Seamus should have more class than to claim he made a bigger effort than others in defending our hospital. His tactics are a terrible way to begin the most important election campaign in our history.
"All the candidates in this election should focus on explaining their policies and debating the issues – not vulgar stunts aimed at getting a few votes."