Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Councillor Sandra Duffy has said her party has called for an urgent meeting with the Ambulance Service to discuss staff shortages and the impact on the provision of emergency cover.
She said: “The staff shortages in the Ambulance service which resulted in up to 20 crews being unavailable over the weekend is extremely concerning.
“With several major large events taking place over the weekend involving tens of thousands of people this shortage is even more alarming.
“It is welcome that other options have been explored such as all-Ireland cooperation between the two ambulance services on the island to ensure emergency cover is provided but it is clear a longer term solution is required.
“My party colleague Pat Sheehan MLA has requested an urgent meeting with the ambulance service to discuss these shortages and what measures are being put in place to ensure this situation does not arise again.”