Health Minister gets stuck in lift – should have used the stairs – it’s also better for your health!

The Minister for Health, James Reilly got stuck in a lift as he was getting shown around the Phoenix Care Centre in Grangegorman, North Dublin, the country’s newest psychiatric hospital.


The hospital which cost €22 million will replace the macabre St Brendan’s Hospital which was built in the early 19th century.

Dr Reilly and the Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch, along with a group of doctors and officials were stuck in the lift for around 15 minutes.

Despite some frantic button pressing and trying to force the doors open by worried staff and the minister himself the lift would not budge.

An engineer was called and subsequently opened the doors and released the captives.

The minister was hoping the opening of the new hospital would distract attention from the row over the binning of the mobility allowance.

But the opening ceremony had to be delayed as he was immobilised himself.

After the doors were prised open the Minister laughed off the situation and continued with his tour of the hospital which is opening for patients at the end of next month.

Maybe he will use the stairs next time.

Which after all is better for your health!


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