TD hits out at online hate after emergency hospital treatment

Fianna Fáil TD Cathal Crowe.

FIANNA Fáil TD Cathal Crowe hit back at online posts aimed at him while on his hospital bed in Limerick after undergoing emergency surgery to remove his appendix.

Deputy Crowe posted online that he would be “forever grateful to the fantastic team at Shannon Doc, UHL Accident and Emergency Dept, the nurses and doctors” that treated him during his stay.

He said he was “relived and feeling massively grateful” after his “eventful start to 2024”.

This came as Deputy Crowe posted that he had spent two days on a trolley in a corridor at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) prior to undergoing surgery.

After being admitted to UHL on New Year’s Eve, the County Clare politician initially responded online to comments on his Facebook page that he “just wanted to dispel some myths and falsehoods that some people are pushing on social media … I am not in a private room in UHL with a ‘nice telly’ and receiving ‘special treatment’.”

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“I arrived at hospital on New Year’s Eve and am still on a trolley in a corridor … but I am being very well cared for by very hard working nurses and doctors.”

Many people replied on Mr Crowe’s social media platforms with messages of support and wishes of a “speedy recovery”, however others were not as complimentary.

One account replied that the politician “should be grateful to all the staff, the s**t they have to put up with and the lack of help, you’ll be grand in a few days” adding there was an “eight hour” waiting time to be seen by a doctor at another hospital.

“Pity they didn’t make a catastrophic error, you Traitor,” another account commented.

Hitting back Mr Crowe responded the account was from a “leading force in the far right, miserable human, wiimp and bully who is not being true to himself”.

Another post via the same account read: “You can block me, Crowe … but you can’t block the truth. And you won’t be able to block the Nationalist wave that will f*****g swallow you and the other f*****g traitors.”

“We are relentless. And we are coming.”

Deputy Crowe said that while he was “sore and banjaxed”, his constituency office “remains fully open and fully available to answer all queries and issues from constituents — don’t hesitate to get in contact”.

“Health, as the adage goes, really is life’s true ‘wealth’.”