Members of Thurles Town Council have called for the provision of a helipad in the Cathedral Town following the visit of a helicopter ambulance to the area on five occasions in the last month.
The helicopter was forced to land in a different location on each occasion and the feeling is that valuable time is being lost, whilst trying to identify a suitable spot to land.
Previously, Thurles Racecourse, Thurles Greyhound Stadium, Dr Morris Park, Thurles Rugby Club and the Sarsfields pitch has been used by the emergency services to land before bringing a patient requiring urgent attention to hospital.
And, Cllr Jim Ryan, who raised the matter at the last ever meeting of the Town Council feels that a permanent helipad is necessary, possibly at the Thurles Community Hospital of the Assumption. He called on the council to write to the HSE in this regard and received general support for his call.
Councillor John Kennedy, however, said that he understood the grounds in the Community Hospital of the Assumtpion are not suitable for a helipad but agreed that it should be investigated nonetheless. He added that a viable alternative should be found by the HSE in the event of the hospital not being suitable, while Cllr David Doran said that this is a matter of urgency as lives have already been lost as a result of not having a helipad in the area.