A crowd of around 6,000 people have marched through Navan in a protest over the future of the local hospital.

Campaigners said more protests will be staged to ensure services remain at Our Lady's Hospital in the town.

The Chairman of the hospital campaign, Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín, told the crowd that the Government had pledged to maintain services when they were in opposition and it was up to them to ensure that actually happened.

Local Fine Gael TD Damien English said he and the Government were committed to the future of Our Lady's Hospital.

The Government’s framework document for the future of smaller hospitals is due to be published in the coming weeks.

It will outline what is going to happen to eight hospitals around the country - including Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan.