Holles Street hospital to move to St Vincent's site
The way has been cleared to apply for planning permission to build a new National Maternity Hospital on the grounds of St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.
An agreement has been reached which has ended the bitter row that has held up the building of a modern maternity hospital.
Health Minister Simon Harris announced the breakthough this evening.
It involves the setting up of a special purpose company which will have board members from the National Maternity Hospital and St Vincents.
The much-needed facility has been delayed because of the dispute over control of the hospital if it moves from its city centre location in Holles St to the campus of St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin 4.
St Vincent's healthcare group demanded that there be a single governance structure.
However, the maternity hospital objected to this, saying it would lose independence while the long-established system of having a hospital master would be phased out.
Significant progress in efforts to seal an agreement on governance and other clinical issues was made in recent months.
The progress was made since former chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey was appointed as mediator.
The stand-off between the board and managers of the maternity hospital - currently struggling in an outdated building - and the St Vincent's healthcare group, governed by the Religious Sisters of Charity, delayed plans to apply for planning permission.
Sources said a number of outstanding differences have yet to be ironed out but there is optimism that these can be overcome.
The current Holles St maternity building is no longer fit for purpose and is putting patients at increased risk.