04 August 2005

Now they can't even spell Mhaigh Eo, God help us -

Irish Independent

A MISSPELLING on a huge sign at the main entrance to Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, has left a Dail deputy seeing red.

The second "h" is missing from the Irish spelling of "Mhaigh Eo", on the sign outside the complex.

Now Deputy Michael Ring wants the Health Service Executive to have the spelling error corrected.

He protested: "After spending millions on developing the hospital they couldn't get the spelling right and I am calling on the HSE to get the proper spelling on the sign.

"Surely the spelling should have been checked before the sign went up. We will be a laughing stock if it is not corrected."

The HSE Western Area said last night moves were being made to rectify the incorrect Irish spelling.

Sub-contractors employed during Phase Two of the major construction works at the hospital are being blamed for the error.

Mayo County Councillor Johnny Mee said: "If they are going to use the Irish version, and I think they should, they should take the trouble of ascertaining the proper spelling of our county."

The HSE said: "The work on Phase Two of the hospital, including signage, involved a number of parties - hospital personnel, the design team, the construction company and sub-contracted company providing signage.

"There was an obvious error and we are endeavouring to rectify it."

Tom Shiel

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