Saturday 3 December 2016

Construction on new national children’s hospital in Dublin to start 'in matter of weeks'

Published 22/06/2016 | 23:16

An artist's impression of a room in the new National Children's Hospital to be built beside St James's Hospital in Dublin
An artist's impression of a room in the new National Children's Hospital to be built beside St James's Hospital in Dublin

Construction work on the first phase of the new national children’s hospital in the campus of St James’s Hospital in Dublin will start in a matter of weeks, the development board has said.

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An enabling contractor will be appointed next month to begin the work of erecting site hoarding around the entire perimeter of the site, demolishing existing buildings and diverting some services.

The planned move comes as the Connolly for Kids campaign, including doctors, parents and other groups, handed in a petition with over 60,000 signatures to Government Buildings yesterday asking for a public hearing on the proposed site before the new Oireachtas health committee.

Dr Roisin Healy, a retired Crumlin Hospital consultant, said they are calling on Health Minister Simon Harris to look again at locating the new hospital at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown instead.

They want the St James’s development to be put on hold to allow for a planning application to be made for a nearby maternity hospital.

An Bord Pleanála recently gave permission to build the children’s hospital at St James’s. The plan is to have it finally open to young patients in 2020.

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