Pros and cons of city location for ambitious project
Published 24/02/2012 | 05:00
• The hospital would be in the city centre, which has good transport links.
• It's beside the adult Mater Hospital, which would provide specialist services.
• It was backed by a HSE task force and an international expert group.
• The site has been the subject of analysis by five other consultants' reports.
• €35m has already been spent on the project.
• It has the backing of the government and Health Minister James Reilly.
• Bus services can be unreliable, and Metro North -- which would carry large numbers of staff and patients -- is on hold.
• The site is small at just two hectares, and doesn't allow for future expansion.
• The building is too big, and has a negative impact on the city's skyline.
• Opponents include retired doctors who say it should be built on a bigger site, ideally near the M50.
• Planning permission has been refused, and the Mater Adult hospital needs a helipad for emergency cases, which would serve both hospitals and quickly transport patients from outside Dublin.