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The Minister for Health has committed to opening an extra 300 hospital beds by the end of the year to try and tackle overcrowding in Emergency Departments.

Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport Tourism and Enterprise
Leo Varadkar held a meeting earlier with the Emergency Taskforce Implementation Group to discuss ways to alleviate the problem.
Minister Varadkar says he will impose heavy fines on hospitals that fail to meet targets for cutting waiting lists.
But Fergal Hickey, Communications Officer with the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine, says hospitals are stretched across the board: