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There are growing calls for an independent inquiry into Letterkenny General Hospital after it was hit by flooding for the second time in the space of a year.

Its emergency department was forced to close for three hours last night after torrential rain cascaded down steep banks into the car park.

The hospital group responsible for the Co Donegal facility says it’s willing to co-operate in any investigation to work out how to prevent it happening again. 40 millimetres of rain fell in just 15 minutes over Donegal last night – causing the flood which closed Letterkenny General Hospital’s emergency department.

It remained shut for three hours as crews pumped floodwater away from the building – with patients told to divert to Altnagelvin or Sligo. It’s the second time the department has been hit by floods in the space of a year – with an estimated 40m in damage caused last July. These locals are furious it’s happened again.

The West-North West Hospital Group responsible for the facility has launched its own investigation – but calls are already mounting for an independent inquiry. The hospital group’s COO Tony Canavan says he’d be happy to co-operate.

There have been calls for an independent investigation into the LGH’s planning – and the hospital’s controlling group says it would be willing to participate. Minister McHugh says he spoke to Leo Varadkar this morning