The HSE has pledged to commence a search for a suitable site to bring the BreastCheck screening service back to Buncrana.

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal, Charlie McConalogue, received confirmation that the HSE’s National Screening Service is hoping to find a potential site for a BreastCheck mobile unit in Inishown.

Deputy McConalogue, who raised the matter with the Minister for Health, said the closure in 2013 of the Buncrana site that had previously held a mobile unit, meant that since then, all eligible women in Inishowen, had to travel to Letterkenny and Donegal Town for breast cancer screening.

“Following my representations, I am now advised that the HSE’s National Screening Service will initiate discussions with owners of potential sites for locating a mobile unit in Buncrana,” Deputy McConalogue said.

He continued, “I am aware that Breast cancer screening was carried out in Letterkenny between March and August 2017 when all eligible women in the area were invited by BreastCheck to have a mammogram free of charge.

“A mobile unit will return to carry out breast screening in Letterkenny from January 2020, but I will be keeping the pressure on now to ensure the promise of pursuing a search for potential sites in Buncrana is followed up as a matter of absolute priority,” Deputy McConalogue concluded.