By Brian McDonald
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda made the outlay to shield their workers from feathered attackers
A hospital has been forced to spend almost €20,000 on specialist netting to protect its staff from flocks of angry birds.
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth bought the equipment last year to shield workers maintaining ventilation systems on the roof from feathered attackers.
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed a total of €18,435 was spent on three nets.
The hospital is situated close to Drogheda Port and the netting was to protect staff from flocks of seagulls.
A a pest control firm was employed to remove a number of bird nests from the roof in July and August last year.
The cost of the specialist nets is part of a €35,152 spend on pest control by the hospital during the past five years.
A spokeswoman for the Health Service Executive said: “A decision was taken to purchase roof netting by Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital to address bird activity and nesting in the vicinity of the hospital.