In a study of over 500 emergency calls in Kerry, it took twice or even three times as long to respond, in comparison to the time recommended by the HSE. That’s according to Kerry Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly, who raised the issue in the Seanad. Senator Daly challenged Minister Leo Varadkar’s assertion that ambulance resources were being increased at a time he said, “when two emergency ambulances covering the county were removed”. This decision, the Senator said, means those who have strokes and heart attacks may have to wait longer for treatment – which could amount to longer stays in hospitals, potentially resulting in long term care needs. Senator Daly said the second emergency ambulance must be returned to the Killarney and the South Kerry area immediately.