Updated: 11/04/18 : 06:16:06
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Sligo politician and florist to BreastCheck's rescue

As the chaotic shambles continues over the lost space in Sligo for the BreastCheck Mobile Unit and the decision by the unit's management to relocate to the Teeling Centre in Collooney, one Sligo man has stepped forward to help resolve the problem.

Renua Ireland general election candidate Finbarr Filan has made it his mission to bring the vital unit back to Sligo town.


Mr Filan told Sligo Today that he cannot understand the problem as there is ample space within the town's environs to accommodate the unit's visit.

Among some of the sites he mentioned were Stephen St car park, Wine St car park, the grounds of Sligo University Hospital or the vast empty space to the rear of The Model.

However the Sligo BID Chairman understands that to have permission secured on council property would require time for the bureaucratic process to be completed and to that end Mr Filan sought a more immediate solution.

He said, "Like so many people in Sligo I was disappointed to learn of the fact that Breastcheck couldn’t find a suitable location in Sligo town to provide their vital service and that they are planning to relocate to Collooney. We need to get all parties involved around a table and agree an in-town location ASAP.

"I was trying to think where we could find a location and the carpark outside Feehilys Florist Sligo came to mind. I am delighted to say that Micheál Feehily has offered his carpark at Feehily’s Florist Carraroe as a location to provide this vital service at no charge."

MIcheál Feehily said in a video that he would provide his site freely for the unit 'until they found an alternative more suitable place.' See link (i) below for video.

Precedent

Sligo Today notes that utilising the hospital car park for long term stay should not present a problem as a precedent has already been set when a large group of Travellers 'took over' a significant section of the car park in 2015.

The car park is operated by Euro Parks and a spokesperson stated at the time that the Travellers were legally parked as they purchased a €15 weekly ticket per bay. See link (ii) below

The BreastCheck Unit would need at least eight bays to accommodate it and it is a certainty that many business people would gladly sponsor its stay there.

In the interest of battling cancer, and inspired by Finbarr Filan's initiative, if such a move was to be made, Sligo Today would be honoured to pay for the unit's first week at that location.

Offers are currently coming in from across Sligo Town in response to Mr Filan's efforts to secure a town site. The Cartron retailers have offered their car park while Sligo Rovers have offered the facilities at their vast Showgrounds complex.

Link (i) Facebook (Finbarr Filan)

Link (ii) Sligo Today 25/5/2015