THE green light has been given for the construction of a €60m private hospital that will create 700 jobs.
Ennis Town Council has given the go-ahead to the 97-bed hospital within the 19th-century protected structure that housed the former Our Lady's Psychiatric Hospital on the northern outskirts of the town.
The applicant, Duesbury Ltd, said the hospital would create 100 construction jobs and a further 600 when operational.
A spokesman for the firm said discussions were continuing with potential investors in the project.
He added that the planned hospital comprised a "full-care hospital, providing all medical services and ancillary accommodation to include 97 full in-patient beds".
The HSE yesterday confirmed a reduction in services at Clare's main public hospital, Ennis General.