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Saturday 27 May 2017

Traffic congestion and vermin worry locals

Hilda Walsh, pictured with her daughter Alice, is delighted with the news that the hospital is to be built. Picture: Mark Condren
Hilda Walsh, pictured with her daughter Alice, is delighted with the news that the hospital is to be built. Picture: Mark Condren

Ryan Nugent

Traffic congestion, noise pollution and vermin infestation are major causes for concern among residents living close to the new National Children's Hospital, with construction set to take place before the end of the year.

A residents' group in the area adjacent to the hospital insists traffic up and down St James' Street is already an issue, and will only increase. They fear it will be difficult for them to exit their residential area of Ceann Fort onto the main road.

While digging in the area and sewer re-routes could results in an infestation of rats around homes and the hospital, according to local Jean Early.

However, not all residents are downbeat about the hospital getting the go-ahead.

Hilda Walsh, who has a 13-month old baby, is delighted with the news and told the Irish Independent that the construction of the state-of-the-art facility would provide a much needed boost to an area that "missed out on the boom".

She said she expected house values to increase and more businesses to start up in the Rialto area.

Existing businesses are worried about how construction might cause traffic congestion in the area, but Derek Bolger, who runs Ennis Butcher's in Rialto said that overall it was a positive step.

"Maybe when the building starts it will be harder on us all, but I think the end result will be good for the area and good for children," Mr Bolger said.

"There could be days when people can't get parking, but you know what they say, you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

"If there's more people in the area, please God there'll be more people coming through our door," he added.

Irish Independent

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